Lymphedema is inflammation in one or more extremities that result from impaired flow of lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is a network of dedicated vessels all over the body whose aim is to gather excess lymph fluid with lipids, proteins and waste products from tissues. This fluid is carried to lymph nodes, which filters waste products & have infection-fighting cells known as lymphocytes. The excess fluid in lymph vessels is finally returned to bloodstream. When lymph vessels are jammed or incapable to carry lymph fluid away from tissues, localized inflammation (lymphedema) is the result.
Lymphedema most frequently affects single arm or leg, however in uncommon situations both limbs are affected.
At vascular care center, the treatment for lymphedema, depends on its cause & subsumes wearing compression garments like stockings or sleeves, proper diet & skin care, & fluid drainage.