lymphedema praecox


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Related to lymphedema praecox: Meige's disease

pri·mar·y lymph·e·de·ma

a form of lymphedema observed chiefly in young women and girls, characterized by diffuse swelling of the lower extremities.
Synonym(s): lymphedema praecox

lymphedema praecox

Obstruction of the lymphatic channels, producing edema and occurring mostly in women between the ages of 10 and 25. Its cause is unknown. The interstitial fluid that accumulates first appears in the feet but can travel proximally to the trunk and continues to accumulate throughout life. When the edema becomes severe, it predisposes the patient to chronic ulcers and superimposed infections of the legs.
See also: lymphedema