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Deep Vein Thrombosis – Edema

Deep Vein Thrombosis – Edema

Edema, or swelling, means accumulation of fluid in between the cells of our body. As opposed to the accumulation of fluid inside a specific space, such as a pleural space, for example, which is called hydrothorax. Edema is a diffuse phenomenon and, therefore, does not have a specific space or cavity where it would collect. In general, edema affecting the entire body is due to global problems which affect the entire body accordingly, such as renal failure, hepatic failure, heart failure, etc. Local edema, or swelling of a specific organ or a part of the body, is due to a problem affecting this organ exclusively. Some examples of local edema are blunt trauma to an extremity, hepatitis, etc. Isolated edema of the lower extremities is almost always due to circulatory problems of the lower extremities. An extreme form of edema of the skin is called anasarca, which refers to fluid diffusely leaking from the skin due to the building up of extreme pressure in the soft tissues.

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