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What is the Lymphatic system?
The lymphatic system is a major component of the body’s immune system and helps fight infection by monitoring its health status. It is a network of organs, lymph nodes, and lymph vessles that produce and transport lymphatic fluid from tissues to the bloodstream back to the cardiovascular system.
How is Lymphedema treated?
While Lymphedema cannot be cured, dramatic treatments are available through our Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT), which includes: Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD), Compression Bandaging, Exercise, Skin & Nail care, Self-Care Instruction, Custom Permanent Garments, and Constant Communication with our physicians.
What is Edema?
Edema is swelling caused by excess fluid trapped in your body’s tissues. Although edema can affect any part of your body, it occurs mostly in the hands, arms, legs, ankles, and feet.
How is Lymphedema diagnosed?
A thorough medical history and physical examination are preformed to rule out other causes of limb swelling, such as edema, due to congestive heart failure, kidney failure,or blood clots. Often, the medical history of surgery or other conditions involving the lymph nodes will point to the cause and establish the diagnosis of lymphedema.
If swelling is not clear, what other tests are there to help determine the cause of swelling?
CT/MRI scans are useful to define lymph node architecture or to identify tumors. Lymphoscintigraphy is a test that involves injecting a tracer dye into lymph vessels and observing the flow of fluid using imaging technologies.Doppler ultrasounds are used to identify blood flow and help identify blood clots