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Hereditary lymphedema type II

Other Names for this Disease
  • Lymphedema hereditary type 2
  • Lymphedema praecox
  • Lymphedema, hereditary, II
  • Lymphedema, late-onset
  • Meige disease
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What are the signs and symptoms of hereditary lymphedema type II?

Hereditary lymphedema type II is characterized by the abnormal transport of lymph fluid. This causes the lymph fluid to build up, causing swelling (lymphedema). Individuals with hereditary lymphedema type II usually develop swelling in the lower legs and feet during puberty. Some affected individuals develop a non-contagious skin infection called cellulitis, which can further damage the lymphatic vessels (the thin tubes that carry lymph fluid).[1]   
Last updated: 2/9/2012

  1. Meige lymphedema. Genetics Home Reference (GHR). November 2010; Accessed 2/9/2012.