[Lymphedema and cutaneous diseases]

Rev Med Suisse. 2007 Dec 5;3(136):2802-5.
[Article in French]


Lymphedema is defined as an accumulation of protein-rich interstitial fluid due to failure of lymphatic drainage. Causes are divided into primary and secondary. Clinical changes of skin can occur. The major cutaneous complications are infections, dysimmune diseases and neoplasms; the most serious is angiosarcoma. The practioner should be watchful for prevention and screening of complications.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Dermatomycoses / etiology
  • Erysipelas / etiology
  • Hemangiosarcoma
  • Humans
  • Intertrigo / microbiology
  • Lymphedema / classification
  • Lymphedema / complications*
  • Pemphigoid, Bullous / etiology
  • Skin Diseases / etiology*
  • Skin Neoplasms / etiology
  • Sweet Syndrome / etiology