Blood test accurately detects lymphedema, study shows
Lymphedema is an often-painful inflammatory condition resulting from the blockage of lymphatic vessels that ordinarily drain fluid from the tissues throughout the body. In the developed world, lymphedema most often arises as an unintended consequence of radiation therapy for cancer. For example, about one in four breast-cancer survivors eventually develops lymphedema, said Stanley Rockson, MD, professor of cardiovascular medicine and the study's senior author. Numerous other factors, including parasitic infections endemic in some developing countries, can cause it as well, he said.
The published study itself: