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Lymphedema is swelling of a body part (arm, face, neck, trunk, genitalia, legs) resulting from abnormal accumulation of lymph fluid. Lymphedema can develop when a lymphatic network is deficient, damaged or missing. Left untreated, this stagnant, protein-rich fluid reduces oxygen availability, interferes with wound healing and provides a medium for bacteria.
Primary lymphedema is congenital or hereditary malformations of the lymph vessels or nodes. It can be present at birth, develop at the onset of puberty (praecox) or in adulthood (tarda).
Secondary lymphedema is acquired as a result of surgery, radiation over lymph nodes and vessels, trauma, infection or chronic venous insufficiency. If you notice swelling, it is very important to seek immediate medical advice. Early diagnosis and treatment improve the reduction and control of lymphedema.
The most beneficial and non-invasive treatment for lymphedema is Complete Decongestive Therapy, or CDT. CDT is not a cure for lymphedema but the treatment will reduce swelling in the affected area, help manage the condition and improve quality of function.
CDT consists of four components which are tailored to each patient:
Yes. Insurance coverage for treatment is decided by your individual plan. Baylor All Saints Medical Center will provide assistance in pre-authorization for this outpatient service.
How do I contact The Frances and Frank Turrella Lymphedema Center at Baylor Fort Worth?
Contact the Lymphedema Center by calling 817.922.2530.
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