What is Lymphedema?

•    Lymphedema is an abnormal buildup of fluid that results in swelling, usually in the arms or legs,  
      but can also occur in the head, neck and trunk.                                                  
•    The condition develops when lymph vessels or lymph nodes are missing, impaired, damaged, or
      removed. It affects both women and men and can occur at any age.
•    Lymphedema cannot be cured but with the right care and treatment, the affected    
      limb can be restored to a more normal size and shape.
•    Lymphedema also can be treated and controlled so that it does not progress further          
•    Left untreated, lymphedema can lead to increased swelling and hardening of the tissue,
      resulting in decreased function and     mobility in the limb. It can also lead to chronic infection
      and other illnesses.