Lymphedema Causes2019-03-08T14:26:42-04:00

Lymphedema Causes

There can be primary and secondary causes.

Primary Lymphedema Causes

  • Congential causes lymph nodes to form abnormally in infancy
  • Praecox mostly occurs around puberty or during pregnancy
  • Tarda occurs rarely

Secondary Lymphedema Causes

  • Removal of or injury to lymph nodes and lymph vessels
  • Radiation treatment for cancer
  • Cancer cells can block lymphatic vessels
  • Infection of the lymph nodes

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