Edema Networks Europe
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Lymphedema is not a rare disease. Worldwide about three percent of all people suffer from chronic lymphedema, in Germany it is more than 5 percent. Permanent lymphostasis triggers fibrotic remodelling of the tissue. Therapy should therefore start early. The most important measure is the complex physical decongestion therapy (MLD/KPE). Worldwide, the number of people with chronic lymphedema is estimated to be at least 200 million. The frequency of lymphedema after tumour treatment in industrialised countries - 4.5 million patients in Germany alone (Földi 2004) - and the frequency of filarial infections in Asian and African countries, which are estimated at 120 million (Rheingans 2004), make this figure realistic. All further information on these pages
Lipedema is often confused with obesity, so losing weight is not very promising. Lipedema is a disease of which, unfortunately, very little is known even today. It is well known that a certain predisposition is required, which can often lead to an unproportional increase in fat tissue in the legs or arms after puberty or pregnancy. Typically, in addition to the increase in volume and circumference, there is an increased painfulness and tendency to bruises. While at the beginning the lymph drainage is increased, it can decrease in the course and secondary lymphedema can develop. Unfortunately, the progression of lipedema is triggered by additional overweight.