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Symptoms of Lymphedema

Warning Signs of Lymphedema:

Lymphedema presents as an abnormal swelling of a body part caused by an excessive build up of protein-rich lymphatic fluid. Most commonly, the swelling will occur in the legs, arms, abdomen, chest or head and neck area. Lymphedema is a chronic condition that occurs most commonly after surgery, radiation therapy or lymph node removal. Other causes include trauma, infection, obesity and venous insufficiency. Symptoms of lymphedema include swelling of a body part, heaviness and limitation of movement, recurrent infections, skin thickening or hardening and discomfort.