Know the basics
What is lymphedema (lymphatic obstruction)?
Lymphedema, also known as lymphatic obstruction, is consistent with lymphatic edema hands, feet or both hands and feet. This is the result of poor lymphatic circulation due to blocked, damaged or lymph vessels due to abnormal development. Lymphatic obstruction around leg sometimes called elephant foot edema, leg match because large as elephant feet.
Lymphatic obstruction can be seen as an unavoidable condition for the treatment of cancer and common after cancer treatment (ex: treatment for breast cancer, cervical cancer, endometrial, vulvar, head and neck, prostate cancer and melanoma and sarcoma).
How common is lymphedema (lymphatic obstruction)?
Lymphatic obstruction often occurs after cancer treatment. The disease can appear at any age. You can limit your ability to disease by reducing the risk factors. Please consult your doctor for more information.
Know the symptoms
What are the symptoms of lymphedema (lymphatic obstruction)?
The signs and symptoms of lymphedema occurs in the arm or leg pain, including:
- Swelling of part or the whole arm or leg, including your fingers or toes.
- Women who had radiation therapy for breast cancer may be right hand.
- Men lymphatic obstruction due to prostate cancer metastasis may be right foot.
- Swelling painless but lasts.
- The other part of the body such as the genitals or face may also be suitable.
- Leg edema buffalo and looks like legs like tree trunks for ankle swelling. Square feet to match his toes.
- Lymphedema caused by cancer treatment may not occur until months or years after treatment.
There may be other symptoms not mentioned. If you have any questions about these signs, please consult your doctor.
When should I see my doctor?
If you have signs and symptoms mentioned above, or have any questions or concerns, please consult your doctor. In case you have been treated for cancer, you should call your doctor if swelling legs or arms or legs or hands redness, heat and pain.
Status and condition can vary in many people. Always discuss with your doctor to be appointed diagnostic methods, treatment and the best treatment for you.
Know the causes
What causes lymphedema (lymphatic obstruction)?
Lymphedema occurs when the lymphatic vessels become blocked and make lymph fluid cannot flow normally. Consistent lymphatic 2 types are primary and secondary:
A rare form of primary caused by developmental disorders. In accordance with primary lymphatic occur in people under 20 years old. Typically, the disease occurs in women more than men.
Consistent secondary lymphatic caused by other diseases such as infectious diseases (Streptococcus, filariasis). Injury from trauma or radiation, or cancer can also be the cause. Typical cancers lymphatic edema breast cancer, prostate cancer and lymph node tumors.
Know the risk factors
What increases my risk for lymphedema (lymphatic obstruction)?
These factors may increase the risk of lymphangitis:
- Overweight or obese;
- Rheumatoid arthritis or psoriatic joint.
There are no risk factors does not mean you cannot get sick. These signs are for reference only. You should consult a specialist doctor for more details.
Understand the diagnosis & treatment
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. ALWAYS consult with your doctor for more information.
How is lymphedema (lymphatic obstruction) diagnosed?
Treatment depends on the cause. Treatments for compliance include improving primary lymphatic leg, foot massage and bring every pressure stretchy fit and proper pressure. All possible solutions include: all pillows, all thigh or pantyhose.
Compliance lymphatic surgery is indicated for patients continuously increased in size despite being treated leg, foot dormant normal, recurrent infection, or concerns about aesthetic issues.
For secondary lymphatic, the underlying cause (prostate cancer, breast cancer) should be identified and treated.
How is lymphedema (lymphatic obstruction) treated?
Doctors diagnosed based on medical history, physical examination and an imaging method called lymphangiography. In lymphangiography method, doctors put dye into the lymph vessels to see the images to locate bottlenecks. Your doctor can test blood or CT scan to rule out other diseases.
Lifestyle changes & home remedies
What are some lifestyle changes or home remedies that can help me manage lymphedema (lymphatic obstruction)?
The following lifestyles and home remedies might help you cope with lymphedema (Lymphatic obstruction):
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Take medications as directed by your doctor.
- When infected hands, legs and feet, you should be treated as soon as possible. In some cases need to use diuretics to reduce swelling.
If you have any questions, please consult with your doctor to better understand the best solution for you.
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Review Date: May 30, 2016 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017