Lymphedema is swelling caused by a blockage of the normal lymph flow, which then causes swelling in the affected body limb/s. This blockage occurs when lymph channels are destroyed (through radiation, or removed via surgery.) The fluid in the body has no where to go and may cause tissue to expand, harden, or become infected.
With treatment, self-maintenance and compression, lymphedema can be controlled. It’s a serious, progressive condition, though. Stage-1 lymphedema can be reversed. Pay attention to your body. Early diagnosis and treatment are essential. (See Warning Signs of Lymphedema blog entry)