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    Oedema

    Oedema

    Oedema is the medical term for fluid retention in the body. Intermittent Compression devices are used to assist in the reduction of gravitational fluid from the lower limb.

    The build-up of fluid causes affected tissue to become swollen. The swelling can occur in one particular part of the body – for example, as the result of an injury – or it can be more general. This is usually the case with oedema that occurs as a result of certain health conditions, such as heart failure or kidney failure.

    As well as swelling or puffiness of the skin, oedema can also cause:

    • Skin discolouration.
    • Areas of skin that temporarily hold the imprint of your finger when pressed (known as pitting oedema).
    • Aching, tender limbs.
    • Stiff joints.
    • Weight gain or weight loss.
    • Raised blood pressure and pulse rate.

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