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Lymphedema development in the human body

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´╗┐Lymphedema development in the human body As known, the function of the lymphatic system is to carry lymph (protein-rich fluid) around the body as it collects harmful microorganisms and waste products. Lymph vessels carry the lymph and other harmful/wasteful substances to the lymph nodes which then gets filtered by lymphocytes (White blood cells). Lymphedema is seen when the lymph vessels aren?t able to drain the lymph efficiently. This is generally seen in limbs as the lymph vessels and/or lymph nodes get blocked and swelling of the body parts occur. The blockage can be due to the lymph fluid in the tissues building up and the swelling takes place as the amount of fluid in the particular area of the body is greater than the lymphatic system?s capacity in order to transport it away. ...read more.


And in time it may become permanent as the area will feel stiff and painful. Build-up of protein and fat along with the lymph fluid. Lymphedema can split into two types- primary and secondary. Primary being occurring on its own and secondary lymphedema being caused by another disease or condition. Secondary lymphedema is known to be more common than primary lymphedema. Secondary lymphedema can be caused by any procedure or condition that has a damage on the lymph vessels or lymph nodes. Lymph nodes can get injured during surgery that involves blood vessels in the limbs. ...read more.


Primary lymphedema is an inherited condition which occurs rarely and problems with the development of the lymph vessels take place in the body. More specifically, Milroy?s disease (congenital lymphedema) is a cause to lymphedema in infants as lymph nodes form abnormally. Those who have obesity, in particular severely obese people, are inclined to develop lymphedema. The reason is not very clear, however it is suggested that the excess adipose (fatty tissue) affect the lymphatic system in a way that reduces the lymph fluid flow through them. The drainage of the lymph fluid is affected by movement and exercise; therefore, muscle activity will aid in the drainage as it massages the surrounding lymph vessels and allows the fluid to flow efficiently thorough the lymphatic system. Bedbound people are more likely to develop lymphedema. ...read more.

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