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J. Clin. Med. 2018, 7(1), 2; https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm7010002

Prevalence of Idiopathic Cyclic Edema in Women with Lower Limb Lymphedema

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Department of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery, Medicine School in São José do Rio Preto (FAMERP), CNPq (National Council for Research and Development), São José do Rio Preto 15025120, Brazil
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Medicine School of Universidade Federal do Mato Grosso-Cuiabá-UFMT and Research Group in the Clínica Godoy, São José do Rio Preto 15025120, Brazil
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Clinic General in Medicine School of Marilia-São Paulo-Brazil (FANEMA) and Researcher Group of the Clínica Godoy, São José do Rio Preto 15025120, Brazil
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Occupational Therapist Professor of the Post-Graduate Strictu Sensu in Medicine School in São José do Rio Preto (FAMERP) and Research Group in the Clínica Godoy, São José do Rio Preto 15025120, Brazil
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Received: 29 October 2017 / Revised: 10 December 2017 / Accepted: 12 December 2017 / Published: 25 December 2017
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Abstract

Cyclic edema is a clinical condition in women that leads to fluid retention in the orthostatic position. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the prevalence of idiopathic cyclic edema in women with lower limb lymphedema. The prevalence of idiopathic cyclic edema was evaluated in a retrospective study of 100 consecutive female patients submitted to leg lymphedema treatment at the Clínica Godoy. The diagnosis of lymphedema was clinical, based on patient history and a physical examination. Patients with clinical stage II lymphedema were included in the study with those in stages I and III being excluded. The diagnosis of idiopathic cyclic edema was based on the patient’s history and fluid retention of more than one kilogram between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Clinical signs of this disease include difficulty removing rings in the morning that becomes easier during the course of the day, waking up with a swollen face, and abdominal discomfort during the day. After diagnosing cyclic edema, a therapeutic test was performed using aminaphtone or calcium dobesilate with which fluid retention was reduced to less than 300 g during the same period. The patients were instructed to drink liquids only when they were thirsty. View Full-Text
Keywords: idiopathic cyclic edema; lymphedema; edema; treatment idiopathic cyclic edema; lymphedema; edema; treatment
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Pereira de Godoy, J.M.; Pereira de Godoy, H.J.; Pereira de Godoy, L.M.; Guerreiro Godoy, M.F. Prevalence of Idiopathic Cyclic Edema in Women with Lower Limb Lymphedema. J. Clin. Med. 2018, 7, 2.

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