Edema | Definition and Patient Education
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What causes edema? 15 possible conditions

Edema, also known as dropsy, is swelling caused by fluid retention. Edema usually occurs in the legs, ankles, or feet. But it can also occur in the hands, the face, or any other part of the body.  What Causes Edema? Edema is usually a symptom of another... Read more

See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.

1

Pregnancy

Bleeding or spotting, increased need to urinate, tender breasts, fatigue, nausea, and missed period are signs of pregnancy.

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2

Thrombophlebitis

Thrombophlebitis is an inflammation of a vein, usually in the leg, that can cause swelling or redness. If left untreated, it can lead to a pulmonary embolism.

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3

Varicose Veins

Half of all Americans over age 50 have varicose veins, also known as varicoses or varicosities. Here's a look at the symptoms and how to manage this condition.

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4

HELLP Syndrome

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

HELLP syndrome is a group of symptoms that can develop in pregnant women. Learn about HELLP syndrome symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis, and treatment.

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5

Obstructive Uropathy

Obstructive uropathy happens when your urine flow reverses direction due to a blockage in a ureter.

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6

Heart Failure

Heart failure is characterized by the heart's inability to pump an adequate supply of blood. Learn about heart failure symptoms, causes, types, and treatment.

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7

Ischemic Cardiomyopathy

Ischemic cardiomyopathy is a condition that occurs when the heart muscle is weakened due to insufficient blood flow to the heart's muscle. This inhibits the heart's ability to pump blood and can lead to heart failure.

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Hypertensive Heart Disease

Hypertensive heart disease refers to heart conditions caused by high blood pressure. Possible signs of acute hypertension include sweating and chills.

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9

Alcoholic Cardiomyopathy

Alcoholic cardiomyopathy is a form of heart disease caused by alcohol abuse. Long-term alcohol abuse weakens and thins the heart muscle. The damaged muscle cannot pump blood as it should, which deprives the bod...

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10

Myocarditis

Myocarditis is inflammation of the heart muscle. It is a rare condition that can be caused by any number of autoimmune diseases, viral, bacterial, or fungal infections, or parasites. When you have an infection or a...

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Kidney Health and Kidney Disease Basics

Learn how to keep your kidneys healthy and prevent kidney disease. Find information on kidney disease, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.

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12

Glomerulonephritis

Glomerulonephritis is a serious illness that can be life-threatening and requires immediate treatment. The condition is sometimes called nephritis.

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13

Acute Kidney Tubular Necrosis

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Acute kidney tubular necrosis is caused when blood cannot reach the tissues and cells of the kidneys due to a blockage or restriction. This causes damage.

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14

Cirrhosis

Cirrhosis is the severe scarring and poor function of the liver caused by long-term exposure to toxins such as alcohol or viral infections.

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15

Whipple's Disease

Bacteria cause Whipple's disease. This disease can make it difficult for your body to absorb nutrients. Learn about its symptoms.

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This feature is for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose.
Please consult a healthcare professional if you have health concerns.
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