What are the signs and symptoms of lymphedema?

Updated: Mar 24, 2021
  • Author: Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Signs and symptoms of lymphedema include the following:

  • Chronic swelling of an extremity preceded lymphedema

  • Primarily lower extremity involvement (80%) but can also involve the upper extremities, face, genitalia, and trunk

  • Fevers, chills, and generalized weakness

  • Fatigue related to the size and weight of the extremity

  • Embarrassment in public

  • Severe impairment of daily activities

  • Recurrent bacterial or fungal infections

  • Recurrent episodes of cellulitis, lymphangitis, fissuring, ulcerations, and/or verrucous changes

See Clinical Presentation for more detail.

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