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PostPosted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 1:05 pm
by donsuzbee
On another website lymphedema is considered an inflammatory condition. I have never heard it called that before. How do all of you view lymphedema in respect to inflammatory or not?
Susan B.


PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2009 5:36 pm
by ma1290
Hey there Susan.

First of all, I'm not a medical professional.

My understanding of the relation between lymphedema and inflammation is something like this although I'm not 100% sure: When the lymphatic system isn't working properly, lymph fluid builds up in the affected limb. This lymph fluid causes the body to send in cells called macrophages to try to break down proteins in the lymph fluid. Macrophages secrete a bunch of molecules called cytokines that tell the body to begin an inflammatory response. With chronic swelling, this process goes on constantly and leads to chronic inflammation, which in the long run leads to hardening of the tissues (fibrosis). Infections also cause inflammation.


PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 4:57 am
by donsuzbee
Hey there AdamStarr
Thank you for that answer. I thought I was completely familiar with this stuff, but you gave me more info.