Lymphoedema is an accumulation of waste products and fluid in the tissue just under the skin. Lymphoedema is caused by the lymphatic system not being able to drain the fluid properly. The lymphatic ducts and/or lymph nodes are damaged or blocked. The lymphatic system is similar to the circulatory system, but instead of draining blood, it drains fluid.
This lymphatic fluid contains proteins, also known as the waste products. These proteins contain, among other things, cleared cells, bacteria and/or viruses. When the lymphatic system is not functioning properly, the normal drainage of the lymphatic system is interrupted. The proteins and the lymph fluid therefore remain, attracting even more fluid, which causes a build-up in the tissue. This causes swelling in the affected part of the body.Frequently asked questions about acquired lymphedema
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