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What are the complications of untreated lymphedema?

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What are the complications of untreated lymphedema?
Hello
Mainly
Condition gets worse

Infections...the skin is very susceptible to cellulitis and this is the main complication.


There is some risk of a cancer called lymphosarcoma.


good luck

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
I have extreme swelling in my right leg, which I have had about three months. Now, my left leg is starting to swell, also. I have heart disease, HTN, asthma, and psoriatic arthritis. I just can't seem to get anywhere ; I see a FNP. I see a PA for depression, and he seems to think I need a second opinion. He is more concerned with the swelling than mt FNP. The swelling is sobig, I can hardly get my pant leg up and down. When I take my shoes off after work, I can see my feet swelling, also. It is difficult to get my shoes on sometime.. i have to work, so please help.
You would need to see a specialist physician in this area.
The nurse practitioner is not enough.
Start with an internal medicine doctor.
Now that said..if you have tried everything...compression, weight loss, exercise, etc.

and nothing is working
then you need to see a vascular surgeon

Here is a good review
make sure they have given you optimal management
see treatments in this mayo clinic blurb
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/lymphedema/DS00609

good luck

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Thank you for your help.
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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
I'm sorry, but I have another queston. Is there anyway the swelling in my legs are related to the psoriatic arthritis?
hello
this would only relate to joint swelling
lymph edema is not a complication of psoriasis.
good luck
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