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Lymphedema and Other Conditions

Information to help the reader understand the relationship between lymphedema and other medical conditions that may be present at the same time.

Lipedema
Lipedema is an inherited circulatory disorder that affects mostly women and only rarely occurs in men.

Lipedema is characterized by abnormal fatty deposits located just below the skin starting at the waist, extending down the hips, and then along the legs to the ankles.

Lipedema is also known to as painful fat syndrome because patients with it often complain of pain when the shin bone is touched.

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Lymphedema and Diabetes
When a patient has both diabetes and lymphedema, this creates a double threat to the affected tissues and approperate treatment for each conditions is essential. <more...>
Lymphedema Compared with Chronic Venous Insufficiency
The abbreviation CVI stands for chronic venous insuffiency. This is a condition in which the veins have difficulty returning blood from the legs to the heart.
  • CVI and lymphedema are similar in that both conditions involve swelling of the lower legs.
  • Printer-friendly versionBeyond these similarities, their symptoms and treatment, are quite different.
  • Recognizing these differences is essential to understanding how and why each condition must be treated appropriately.
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Lymphedema Compared with Congestive Heart Failure
Congestive Heart Failure, which is abbreviated as C.H.F., is a disorder in which the heart is unable to pump enough blood to adequately meet the needs of the entire body.
  • Lymphedema does not cause C.H.F.; however, lymphedema can make C.H.F. worse. 
  • Right-sided heart failure can cause lymphedema to develop in the feet and legs. Should this occur, lymphedema treatment
    must be modified to accommodate this heart condition.
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Sepsis is Serious!
Sepsis which is also known as septicemia, or as blood poisoning. It is a serious condition that can rapidly lead to death.

Since sepsis attacks the blood circulation, this condition is not directly related to lymphedema; however, it is important that everyone, particularly women, be aware of the seriousness of sepsis.

In women, septicemia is often caused by an untreated urinary tract infection that spreads thoughout the blood and tissues. This rapidly spreading of infection has symptoms including:

  • Chills and shaking
  • Decreased urine output
  • Extremely low blood pressure
  • Mental confusion
  • Organ failure 
  • Rapid heart beat and breathing

If these symptoms are present, you should be treated promptly in a hospital emergency room. Without prompt treatment, the condition can be fatal.

 

@ Lymph Notes 2013. This article does not replace the advice of a knowledgeable physician

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Shingles -- Are you at Risk?
Shingles is a painful skin rash caused by the varicella zoster virus (VZV). This is the same virus that causes chickenpox, which many of us remember as being a most unpleasant childhood disease.

Usually this virus does not cause any further problems; however the risk of developing a shingles infection increases with age.

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Swollen Lymph Glands
In order to be accurate, the term “swollen glands” should actually be "swollen lymph nodes."

This is because the term refers to an abnormal enlargement of one or more lymph nodes.
Swollen glands alone are not a symptom of lymphedema;
instead, they are usually the result of an infection.

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