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Secondary Lymphoedema

Secondary lymphoedema is the most common type developing following damage to the lymphatic system. The damage may occur as a result of some cancer treatments including the removal of lymph nodes, following radiotherapy to lymph node groups or with the progression of malignant disease. The onset of lymphoedema may be at any time. It may occur within months of the damage or it may appear years later.
Secondary lymphoedema may also arise without a cancer diagnosis when one or more of the following conditions occur: Trauma and tissue damage Venous disease Immobility and dependency Factious – self harm Infection such as cellulitis - see Consensus Guideline: Management of cellulitis in lymphoedema Filariasis - Lymphatic Filariasis is a major cause of lymphoedema in the sub -tropical areas of the world. Parasitic filarial worms are transmitted through mosquito bites. The parasites lodge in the lymphatic system causing destruction of the healthy vessels and nodes, resulting in lymphoedema. More information can be found on the WHO web site: http://www.who.int/tdr/diseases-topics/lymphatic-filariasis/en/ Obesity
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Secondary Lymphoedema

Secondary lymphoedema may also arise without a cancer diagnosis when one or more of the following conditions occur: Trauma and tissue damage Venous disease Immobility and dependency Factious – self harm Infection such as cellulitis - see Consensus Guideline: Management of cellulitis in lymphoedema Filariasis - Lymphatic Filariasis is a major cause of lymphoedema in the sub -tropical areas of the world. Parasitic filarial worms are transmitted through mosquito bites. The parasites lodge in the lymphatic system causing destruction of the healthy vessels and nodes, resulting in lymphoedema. More information can be found on the WHO web site: http://www.who.int/tdr/diseases- topics/lymphatic-filariasis/en/ Obesity
Secondary lymphoedema is the most common type developing following damage to the lymphatic system. The damage may occur as a result of some cancer treatments including the removal of lymph nodes, following radiotherapy to lymph node groups or with the progression of malignant disease. The onset of lymphoedema may be at any time. It may occur within months of the damage or it may appear years later.
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