Orthostatic Edema: Clinical Features
Orthostatic edema is a disorder seen mainly if not exclusively in females. This fact may or may not be related to ovarian function; although orthostatic edema seldom, if ever, becomes evident before puberty, it frequently persists after the menopause or after bilateral oophorectomy. In fact, the disorder first became evident after the menopause in 13 (7.8%) of our patients (see Appendix I, patients #4, 27, 30, 43, 68, 73, 85, 94, 97, 117, 131, 142, and 155). On the other hand, orthostatic edema is clearly affected by changes in the physiology of the reproductive organs of women, since it commonly appears to start with or to be aggravated by premenstrual fluid retention, and it frequently begins during pregnancy, as it did in 24 of 153 patients (16%) (identified as P in the symptoms column in Appendix I).
KeywordsOrthostatic Hypotension Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Upright Posture Fluid Retention Excessive Weight Gain
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