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What is the cause of Edema in the leg?
- 5 Aug 2012 by bidbid
- 5 August 2012
There are many causes of edema - a build-up of excess fluid in the body tissues.
Most commonly, edema is seen in the ankles or legs, as the fluid is gravity-dependent.
Some frequent causes include heart failure, kidney disease, chronic liver disease, malnutrition, certain types of gastroenteritis, thyroid disease, weakened veins, lymphoedema, certain medications, hot weather, pregnancy and immobility.
If only 1 leg is affected by edema, the cause is likely to be a localised problem such as a blood clot or joint inflammation.
The treatment depends on the underlying cause of the edema.
You should see a doctor if you have any persistent leg swelling. This is particularly urgent if the leg swelling is accompanied by any other symptoms such as shortness of breath or pain.
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