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Congenital Lymphedema

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Congenital Lymphedema, Lymphedema Congenita, Milroy's Disease

  • Epidemiology
  1. Onset within first two years of life
  • See Also
  • Definition
  1. Severe Lymphedema onset at birth or as infant
  2. Milroy's Disease is a famial subtype
  • Signs
  1. Lower extremity edema
    1. Right leg more often affected
    2. Bilateral involvement in 25% of cases
  2. Involves foot dorsum up to knee
  • Associated Conditions
  1. Swelling of external genitalia
  2. Intestinal lymphangiectasia, protein-losing Enteropathy
  3. Cystic Hygroma
  4. Pulmonary lymphangiectasia
  • References
  1. Sabiston (1997) Surgery, Saunders, p.1574-5
  2. Rockson (2001) Am J Med 110:288-95 [PubMed]