Approach to diagnosing lower extremity edema

Compr Ther. 2001 Fall;27(3):242-52. doi: 10.1007/s12019-001-0021-5.


Edema, a sign of a localized or systemic disease process, results from a disruption in the normal physiological forces controlling extracellular fluid volume. This review utilizes an anatomical approach in discussing the various causes of edema.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Drug-Related Side Effects and Adverse Reactions
  • Edema / diagnosis*
  • Edema / etiology
  • Edema / physiopathology
  • Edema / therapy
  • Humans
  • Leg / pathology*
  • Physical Examination
  • United States