Lymphedema is the collection of protein-rich fluid, which causes swelling of the extremities, trunk, face or abdomen. Lymphedema most commonly occurs after a patient has breast cancer surgery, but also occurs after radiation, chemotherapy, pelvic surgery and lymph node dissection. Lymphedema can be managed with complete decongestive therapy, which includes specialized massage, compression wrapping and patient education.
Symptoms of lymphedema include:
"Lymphedema: How Physical therapy Can Help"(American Physical Therapy Association, PDF)