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What causes lymphedema?

The most common causes of secondary lymphedema are injury, surgery, and radiation treatment. Primary lymphedema is congenital and is usually diagnosed by adolescence. In each case lymphedema occurs when lymphatic fluid builds up in the soft tissues of the body, usually in the arm or leg. Lymph vessels collect a fluid that is made up of protein, water, fats, and wastes from the cells of the body. Lymph vessels carry this fluid to lymph nodes. Lymph nodes filter the waste materials and then return the fluid to your blood. If the nodes or vessels become damaged or are missing, the lymph fluid cannot move freely through the system. The fluid can then build up and cause swelling, known as lymphedema. Not all edema is lymphedema. However, there is a component of lymphatic imbalance in all “Edemas.” Proper education, treatment, and management can prevent flair ups, reduce volume, maintain tissue integrity, and increase functional mobility.

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