Your lymphatic system is critical to your immune system and consists of a network vessels, tissues, and organs that helps deliver waste materials and foreign matter to your lymph nodes for filtration before returning the fluid to your bloodstream.
Lymphedema can occur when lymphatic fluid builds up in the soft tissues of the arms and legs. Chronic lymphedema difficult to treat, and swollen limbs may be vulnerable to severe infections from the most minor injury or even athlete’s foot (lymphangitis).
Inherited or primary lymphedema is when a person is are born lacking lymph vessels and nodes.
The more common form is acquired or secondary lymphedema, which is the result of an injury to your lymphatic system
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