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Lymphoedema in bariatric patients

Caroline Fife, Marissa Carter
14 February 2014

<p>Obesity continues to rise in Western and developing countries and the prevalence of morbid obesity in the US has reached 5% (Arterburn et al, 2005). Obesity is linked to leg oedema, and morbid obesity certainly appears to be a factor in the development of chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), a condition seen in many patients with secondary lymphoedema. It is also becoming clearer that the association between obesity and lymphoedema is two-way: obesity being a risk factor for lymphoedema, while the condition itself predisposes individuals to become obese, thus creating a vicious feedback loop.</p>

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