Lymphedema

Lymphedema is a collection of fluid that causes swelling (edema) in the arms and legs.

Lymphedema describes the condition of localized fluid retention and tissue swelling caused by a compromised lymphatic system. The lymphatic system returns the interstitial fluid to the thoracic duct and then to the bloodstream, where it is recirculated back to the tissues. Tissues with lymphedema are at risk of infection and other complications.

Lymphedema can arise as a result of the removal of the lymph nodes, commonly done in cancer cases. In a healthy body, lymph nodes filter fluid as it flows through these glands, trapping bacteria, viruses, and other foreign substances. These filtered cells are then destroyed by special white blood cells called lymphocytes. Without normal lymph drainage, lymphedema can develop as fluid builds up in the affected limb.

Vein Specialist Center of Grass Valley is experienced in recognizing symptoms of Lymphedema. Call us at 866-990-2832.