Lymphedema is swelling of the arms or legs. It is caused by damage to the lymphatic system and excess fluid building up in body tissues. Since therapy options vary based on the disease stage of the patient, proper diagnosis is vital for effective treatment. This illustration shows the four stages of lymphedema in the upper arm, with an unaffected arm presented for rapid comparison. The goal is to provide a guide for patients and vascular specialists in order to facilitate difficult conversations and emphasize the need for treatment. Lymphedema does get worse with time, but proper management of the disease can help.
These illustrations were created for SIGVARIS GROUP. Copyright is retained by the artist.
STAGES of LYMPHEDEMA