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Lymphatic Facts

Lymphedemaย may affect as many as 140 to 250 million people throughout the world. Lymphedema usually involves the lower extremity (90%), upper extremity (10%), or genitalia (<1%).

The estimated number of Canadians living with chronic Lymphedema is 1-million.

Primary lymphedema is rare, affecting 1 in 100,000 individuals.
Secondary lymphedema is the most common cause of the disease and affects approximately 1 in 1000.

Lymphedema praecox is the most common form of primary lymphedema. It is defined as lymphedema that becomes apparent after birth and before age 35 years and symptoms most often develop during puberty. Lymphedema praecox is four times more common in females than in males.

Misconception: Lymphedema is swelling caused by too much water in a certain area of the body.

Fact: Lymphedema is a condition where protein-rich fluid known as lymph collects typically in the arms or legs resulting in pain, decreased mobility, and eventually can progress to fibrosis, fatty tissue overgrowth, recurrent soft tissue infections and disability.

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