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Differential Diagnosis of Lymphedema

  • Simon J. Simonian
  • Cheryl L. Morgan
  • Lawrence L. Tretbar
  • Benoit Blondeau


As described in chapter 1, there is always fluid within the interstitial space, the space between tissue cells. The amount of fluid depends on 2 factors: the amount introduced into the interstitial space, and the amount removed from it. Fluid enters the space from arterioles and venules; some returns to the venules, and the remainder is taken up by the lymphatics. In the normal physiologic state, entrance and exit are approximately equal, so that tissues retain their usual morphologic appearance and function (1),(2).


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  • Simon J. Simonian
  • Cheryl L. Morgan
  • Lawrence L. Tretbar
  • Benoit Blondeau

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