General: Complications of lymphedema include skin infections, extreme swelling (elephantiasis), and cancer of the lymph vessels. Many of the complications may be prevented by vigilant skin care and hygiene.
Depression: It may not be possible or comfortable to perform normal tasks using the affected arm or leg. This may lead to frustration and depression.
Elephantiasis: Elephantiasis occurs when the affected arm or leg becomes so hardened with thickened skin that is difficult to move it. The skin on the affected arm or leg may be affected by persistent ulcers and repeated infections.
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