Lymphoedema is swelling which is due to a build up of tissue fluid (lymph) in the leg or arm. Normally this fluid drains via a network of very tiny tubes called lymphatics. In lymphoedema the fluid is not draining properly. Usually the swelling is often noticeable at the end of the day and goes down at night. Lymphoedema is not life threatening but can be very distressing. It can also lead to complications. It may affect as many as 2% of the population of the United Kingdom.
Treatment seldom involves surgery. Compression and Manual Lymphatic Drainage are very effective.
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