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Edema is swelling caused by the accumulation of fluid in or under the skin. Depending on the cause and the location of the swelling, the fluid may lymphatic fluid, tissue fluid, or blood.
Lymphedema is edema caused by an imbalance between the rate at which lymphatic fluid is created and drained by the lymphatic system.
The most common cause of lymphedema is cancer treatment that involves removing or damaging lymph nodes. For example:
Lymphedema can also be:
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