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Disease Information : Lymphedema : FAQ’s

Lymphedema : FAQ’s

General info on Lymphedema

Q.What should I do if I have a swollen and painful leg?

A. Important question. First of all, it is key to make sure that this is not a blood clot, or DVT. This is a medical emergency that requires evaluation by your doctor right away. Once a DVT has been ruled out, other causes of leg swelling can be considered, such as varicose veins, venous insufficiency, medications, lymphedema, or other medical conditions.

Q. How do I know if I have lymphedema?

A. Your doctor can usually tell if you have lymphedema by asking questions about your swelling and by examining you. If necessary, there are tests that can detect blockages in the lymph vessels. For more information about diagnosing lymphedema, see the "Diagnosing Lymphedema" section of this Web site.

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Lymphedema section was last modified: December 21, 2010 - 05:43 pm

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