• Lymphedema is an accumulation of lymph fluid in the soft tissues, most commonly in the legs or arms. This is due to a dysfunction of the lymphatic system responsible for draining lymph fluid from the tissues into the blood.


  • Swelling
  • Heaviness
  • Tightness
  • Itching
  • Skin infections

Risk Factors

  • Family history
  • Surgery or radiation
  • Trauma
  • Obesity
  • Infections

Treatment Options

  • Compression garments or wraps
  • Manual lymphatic drainage
  • Pneumatic compression devices
  • Diligent skin care
  • Elevating the legs at rest
  • Regular exercise