What is Lymphedema?
Lymphedema is a condition involving swelling as a result of insufficiency of the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is an important part of our circulatory system and our immune system. If lymph notes are inadequate, destroyed or removed, swelling may develop in the area which those lymph nodes would normally protect.
Lymphedema may occur as a result of insufficiency at birth or it may occur due to damage of the lymphatic system. For example, during breast cancer treatment, the lymph nodes near the breast may be removed or damages resulting in swelling of the arm.