Lymphoedema is a chronic swelling (oedema) due to an accumulation of lymphatic fluid in the body’s tissues. It usually affects the arm(s) or leg(s) but can also occur in other parts of the body. People of all ages can be affected – infants, children, adolescents, men and women.
The lymphatic system plays an important part in the body’s defence against infection. It channels the lymph fluid from the tissues back to the bloodstream, passing through lymph nodes (glands), which act as filters.
Lymphoedema occurs when there is a breakdown or blockage in this system resulting in the lymph fluid stagnating in the surrounding tissues causing swelling.
The swelling is manageable but if left untreated, the lymph fluid becomes thicker and difficult to move. The body part involved can become hard and fibrous.
Lymphoedema can be managed. The earlier it is diagnosed, assessed and treated the better the outcome. Lymphoedema Awareness Month aims to raise awareness of this condition.
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