Lymphedema is a condition in which swelling — also called edema — occurs.
The cause is an abnormal accumulation of protein-rich fluid in the space between the body's cells.
Lymphedema can be present at birth. It also commonly occurs after the removal of or damage to lymph nodes during cancer treatment.
It usually affects the arms or legs.
Symptoms of can include:
Lymphedema symptoms can be like those of other vascular conditions, including:
Treatment options for lymphedema include:
If you have lymphedema, your UPMC vascular surgeon will refer you to the UPMC Centers for Rehab Services.
The center offers comprehensive lymphedema management and treatment.
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