How does the prevalence of lymphedema vary by sex?

Updated: Mar 24, 2021
  • Author: Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Primary lymphedema occurs most often in females. Lymphedema praecox, the most common primary form, affects 1 in 100,000 females and 1 in 400,000 males. Similarly, females account for 70-80% of cases of congenital lymphedema.


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