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Secondary Lymphedema


Stage 2 lymphedema of the left arm after

breast cancer treatment. © Lymph Notes

Secondary lymphedema is an acquired disorder caused by damage to the lymphatic system.

  • There are approximately 3 million cases of SLE in the US.
  • Cancer treatment is the largest single cause of this condition.

Additional causes are due to:

  • injuries,
  • surgery,
  • radiation,
  • joint replacement,
  • burns,
  • scars, and
  • obesity.

SLE usually develops near the location where lymphatic structures have been removed or damaged.

Most commonly SLE is diagnosed in the arms and legs; however, lymphedema also affects other body parts and these cases are named for this affected area.

Another possibility is that the condition can be named for the cause.

© LymphNotes.com 2013.This information does not replace the advice of a qualified health care professional.

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Category: Living With Lymphedema Updated: 2013-08-15


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