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Swelling in the legs

Swelling in the legs

Swelling in the legs is quite common and affects one or both legs. The cause of edema on both legs is usually the same. There are many factors that cause payment.

These are effective in many diseases such as vein leakage, congestion, obesity, lymphatic diseases, pregnancy, medications, heart failure.

  • In the edema developing due to the increase in vascular pressure; Valves in veins reclaim blood
  • Obesity-related adipose tissue exerts pressure on vein and lymph vessels, making it difficult for blood and lymph fluid to return to the heart
  • Disruption of blood return from leg to heart due to deep vein occlusion
  • Disruption of blood flow due to the pressure of the tumor developing on the organs located in the abdomen on the vessels.
  • Tumors of the organs (bladder, ovary, prostate, etc.) located in the abdomen to spread to the lymph nodes and cause obstruction of the lymph circulation
  • Removal of lymph nodes due to various tumors or radiotherapy to these areas
  • Weakness in the leg muscles that facilitates the flow of vein blood from the leg to the heart (paralysis, rheumatic joint disease)

Localized swelling that does not hold the whole leg, infection, fracture, superficial vascular inflammation, muscle or tendon rupture, joint cyst, bleeding due to vascular rupture.

There are many causes of leg swelling that are chronic with long-term general body edema.


  • Heart failure
  • Increased pulmonary artery pressure
  • Thickening of the heart lining and disruption in the enlargement of the heart due to adhesion
  • Pregnancy
  • Premenopause period
  • Liver failure
  • Kidney failure
  • Goiter (Insufficient functioning of the thyroid gland)
  • Intestinal kidney diseases progressing with protein loss
  • Many drugs used in various diseases can cause edema in both legs:
  • Blood pressure medications
  • Calcium channel blockers
  • Beta blockers
  • Clonidin
  • Hydralazine
  • Methyldopa
  • Minoxidil
  • A wide range of nonsteroidal painkillers, anti-inflammatory drugs: ibuferon, naproxen.
  • Hormones: estrogen, progesterone, testosterone

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