Do you have persistent swelling in your legs that is especially severe at the end of the day? This swelling could be caused by a condition known as Phlebolymphedema, which is a common type of lymphedema. The condition is related to a build-up of fluid in the body, so it’s important to have the problem properly identified and treated. But what is Phlebolymphedema?
What Is Phlebolymphedema?
Phlebolymphedema is swelling caused by chronic venous insufficiency and lymphatic insufficiency.
Chronic venous insufficiency occurs when the one-way valve in the vein fails to close completely, causing some blood to flow backward. This is known as venous reflux. It puts pressure on the vein walls and causes blood to pool in the vein, producing swelling in the leg.
Lymphatic insufficiency is the result of an accumulation of lymphatic or interstitial fluid in the interstitial tissue. The primary role of lymph fluid is to transport white blood cells throughout the body, but it also removes toxins, waste, and other unwanted substances.
Symptoms Of Phlebolymphedema
Common symptoms of Phlebolymphedema include swelling of portions of the leg or the entire leg, diminished joint flexibility, weakness, recurring infections, hardening or thickening of the overlying skin, and heaviness or tightness.
Treatment Options For Phlebolymphedema
Several treatments are available for managing Phlebolymphedema and reducing swelling and discomfort. Compression therapy which involves the use of a compression garment or a dynamic compression pump is one of the most common treatment options. Light exercise and massages are also beneficial. Surgery may be considered in severe cases as it helps to relieve pressure by removing excess tissue.
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