Lymphedema is a condition marked by the accumulation of fluid in the tissue surrounding capillaries. The accumulation of fluid in lymphedema is only the first stage. The following stages are a result of the buildup and may include inflammation, an increase in fatty tissue, and excess development of connective tissue. These changes can lead to an increased risk of serious infections, disfigurement, and a decrease in mobility.
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