Lymphedema is a chronic condition characterized by abnormal or localized swelling in the arms, legs, face, neck, trunk or genital region. The leading cause of lymphedema in the United States is cancer and its related treatment. Anyone who has had lymph node biopsy, removal and/or radiation has a risk of developing lymphedema. Symptoms might include swelling, a feeling of heaviness or achiness in the affected limb, "pitting" edema, changes in the texture of the skin, or simply the fact that clothing, jewelry or shoes feel tighter.
Lymphedema is an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the arms, legs, face, neck or trunk. It is a chronic condition that, left untreated, may lead to serious complications. Early warning signs include:
- Warmth and redness of skin
- Decreased limb strength
- Reduced or restricted limb movement
- Impressions left on the skin by rings, watches or socks
For more information about lymphedema or available support groups, call 806.725.8019.