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Primary lymphedema


What is primary lymphedema?
Primary lymphedema is a congenital injury lymph system leading to reduced transport capacity. There are three types:

  • Congenital lymphedema in children under one year
  • Early lymphedema (lymphoedema praecox), which debuts in persons aged 1 to 35 years.
  • Late lymphedema (lymphoedema tarda), which debuts after 35 years of age.

Congenital lymphedema is a rare condition, such as caused by the hereditary condition milroy disease. Lymphoedema praecox is usually visible to puberty, but age of onset can be between 1 and 35 years.
Primary lymphedema

Lymphoedema tarda is a late-onset congenital lymphedema.

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