lymphedema

Pronunciation: (LIM-fuh-DEE-muh)

A condition in which extra lymph fluid builds up in tissues and causes swelling. It may occur in an arm or leg if lymph vessels are blocked, damaged, or removed by surgery.

Definition from: Cancer.gov

Anatomy of the lymph system showing the lymph vessels and lymph organs, including the lymph nodes, tonsils, thymus, spleen, and bone marrow. Lymph (clear fluid) and lymphocytes travel through the lymph vessels and into the lymph nodes where the lymphocytes destroy harmful substances. The lymph enters the blood through a large vein near the heart.Anatomía del sistema linfático: se muestran los vasos linfáticos y los órganos linfáticos, incluso los ganglios linfáticos, las amígdalas, el timo, el bazo y la médula ósea. La linfa (líquido claro) y los linfocitos se desplazan a través de los vasos linfáticos y entran en los ganglios linfáticos donde los linfocitos destruyen las sustancias nocivas. La linfa entra en la sangre a través de una vena grande cerca del corazón. Date last modified: 2010-01-29LymphedemaLymphedemaLinfedemaLinfedema