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How does an edema happen?

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Edema happens when your small blood vessels become "leaky" and release fluid into nearby tissues. That extra fluid builds up, which makes the tissue swell.

From: What Is Edema? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Guyton, A.C. , 8th ed, Saunders, 1991. Textbook of Medical Physiology

Taylor, A.E. 1981. Circulation Research,

MedlinePlus: "Edema."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on November 11, 2017

SOURCES:

Guyton, A.C. , 8th ed, Saunders, 1991. Textbook of Medical Physiology

Taylor, A.E. 1981. Circulation Research,

MedlinePlus: "Edema."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on November 11, 2017

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