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Lymphedema is a chronic, progressive disease which causes swelling, usually of the arms or legs, because of non-functioning lymphatic vessels. Over time, fat and scar tissue develop and further increase the size of the affected extremity. Currently, there is no cure for lymphedema. There are two types of lymphedema:
Patients with lymphedema have swelling of an extremity with involvement of the hand or foot. The genitalia or other tissues also may be affected.
Lymphedema may lead to:
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