About Lymphedema

What is Lymphedema?

Lymphatic obstruction is a blockage in the lymphatic system that causes tissues to become swollen with lymphatic fluid. Known as lymphedema, it can result in swelling of the arms or legs. Primary lymphedema is usually caused by a genetic disorder, secondary lymphedema is often a result of cancer treatments.

How is Lymphedema Classified?

STAGE 1: This is the mildest form. Your limb is usually normal size in the morning, but swells during the day. Tissue will hold an indentation when you press on it.
STAGE 2: This stage is moderate. It’s characterized by an irreversible form of swelling in which your limb tissue feels spongy to the touch.
STAGE 3: This is the most severe stage. It involves an irreversible form of edema in which your affected limb hardens and becomes very large.

What are the Symptoms?

The main symptom is persistent (chronic) swelling, usually of the arm or leg.