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Lymphedema is the swelling of one or more extremities caused by an impaired flow in the lymphatic system. There are two types of lymphedema: primary, which is present at birth, and secondary, which develops as a result of damage or dysfunction of the lymphatic system. Symptoms include redness, tightness or reduced flexibility in the joints, swelling and asymmetrical appearance of the extremities. There is currently no cure for lymphedema, but compression treatments and physical therapy can help alleviate symptoms.

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