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Secondary lymphedema

What is secondary lymphedema?
Secondary lymphedema is due to an underlying disease that blocks lymphatic drainage. The main cause in western countries, breast cancer treatment. Lymphoedema occurs as a result of pressure from a tumor, tumor infiltration of tumor cells in lymphatic vessels, scarring after surgery, injury or radiation, or after infections such as erysipelas (erysipelas) or filariasis.

The risk of developing lymphedema after a surgeon removed the lymph nodes in the armpit or groin, is associated with several factors as the number of lymph nodes removed, the extent of the surgery, tumor

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location, local radiotherapy, delayed wound healing, infection after surgery, greater blood retention, and obesity.

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