Glossary Term:

Title

lymphedema

Phonetic

<b>limf</b>-uh-<b>DEE</b>-muh

Description

a complication in which fluid collects in the arms, legs, or other part of the body. This can happen after the lymph nodes and vessels are removed by surgery, injured by radiation, or blocked by a tumor that slows the normal fluid drainage. Lymphedema can happen even years after treatment and may be a life-long problem. See lymph, lymph node, lymphatic system.