Medically Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner, MD on April 26, 2022

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Lymphedema is a build-up of lymph fluid in the body in the fatty tissue of your skin. It can cause swelling and discomfort, usually in the arms or legs, although it can occur in other parts of the body.

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