TopicWhat is Hereditary Lymphedema?

  • Wed 29th Mar 2017 - 1:30pm

    Hereditary lymphedema is a disorder usually TestMax Nutrition affecting the lymph vessels of the individual and is genetically inherited. Swelling caused on account of the pooling of the lymph on account of some trauma or obstruction in the lymph vessels is known as lymphedema. Hereditary lymphedema generally affects the legs and may be of three different types:

    This is the first type of hereditary lymphedema caused as a result of inheriting a certain gene at birth. The condition is generally apparent in the legs, usually in one leg, but in some cases, it may be seen in both legs. Doctors diagnose the condition by studying the swelling present in the legs right from birth. Deeper enquiries may result in finding a family history of such type of swelling. In order to confirm the diagnosis, tests may be conducted. A dye is injected into the leg which is traced by a computer to find out where the blockages are present. Milroy's Disease is treated with decongestive therapy. Patients may experience complications like fibrosis in the limb tissues, lymphangitis or cellulitis. Initial treatment is absolutely essential to control the condition.

    This condition of lymphedema shows up during the teenage years and is quite a common variety of primary lymphedema. The legs are affected in this case and the first signs of the condition are a swelling below the waist, red patches on the skin, inflammation and discomfort. Again, this hereditary lymphedema is diagnosed by observing the swelling and the family history confirming the verdict. Some other hints could be yellow nail syndrome or pulmonary hypertension. As with all other lymphedema treatments, decongestive therapy is the ideal choice here as well. Treatment must be started at the initial phase of the condition.

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