How does the prevalence of lymphedema vary by age?

Updated: Mar 24, 2021
  • Author: Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Secondary lymphedema can affect persons of any age group, with the onset being determined by the disease’s primary cause. [36] Hereditary (primary) lymphedema can be divided into 3 groups based on the age of onset of clinical lymphedema, as follows:

  • Congenital lymphedema - Usually manifests from birth to age 1 year

  • Lymphedema praecox - Occurs between the ages of 1 and 35 years; it most commonly occurs in adolescents

  • Lymphedema tarda - Manifests after age 35 years

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