Lymphedema is a condition where swelling occurs in arms or legs as a result of a blockage in the lymphatic system. The swelling decreases the oxygenation of the tissues and interferes with normal function. Lymphedema is a manageable chronic disease that responds well to therapy intervention and patient education.
Lymphedema Management Program The Lymphedema Management Program at Spalding Regional Hospital is dedicated to helping treat and manage the swelling and pain associated with lymphedema management. The program includes individualized care and comprehensive lymphedema therapy to reduce symptoms, such as:
What causes Lymphedema The lymph system is a one-way drainage system made up of tiny vessels and lymph nodes. It drains away excess protein and water, which continually escape from the blood. This lymph fluid is filtered in lymph nodes to remove foreign matter (e.g. bacteria) and to start any necessary immune reactions. When the system is damaged or blocked, an accumulation of protein in tissue causes excess fluid to enter, causing the tissue to swell.
There are two types of Lymphedemia: The first, primary type is hereditary, when someone is born with inadequate lymph vessels or nodes. However, secondary causes are also common as a result of:
Symptoms of Lymphedema
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