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Lower Extremity Edema

Lower extremity swelling, also known as edema, occurs when fluid accumulates in the legs.

Overview

A surprisingly wide variety of medical conditions including disorders of the following:

  • Heart
  • Kidneys
  • Liver
  • Intestinal tract
  • Muscles
  • Joints
  • Immune system
  • Lymphatic system
  • Blood vessels

These types of disorders can result in lower extremity swelling (edema).

Vein problems are a common cause of leg swelling. In many patients leg swelling may be the only symptom of venous disease.

Symptoms
Vein problems area common cause of leg swelling and in many patients leg swelling may be the only symptom. Click to learn more
Diagnostic Workup
The overwhelming majority of patients with lower extremity limb swelling will benefit from evaluation with duplex ultrasound. Click to learn more
Treatment
Successful treatment of lower extremity swelling (“edema”) requires accurate diagnosis of the underlying disease process. Click to learn more