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Edema is the swelling of tissues as a result of excess water accumulations. Peripheral edema occurs in the feet and legs. There are two types of edema, non-pitting edema and pitting edema. Causes of pitting edema is caused by systemic diseases, most commonly involving the heart, liver, and kidneys. Local conditions that cause edema are thrombophlebitis and varicose veins. Edema is generally treated with medication.

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      Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) Article
      • Congestive heart failure facts
      • What is congestive heart failure (CHF)?
      • What causes congestive heart failure?
      • What are the signs and symptoms of congestive heart failure?
      • What are the risk factors for congestive heart failure?
      • How is congestive heart failure diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for congestive heart failure?
      • What lifestyle changes can help treat congestive heart failure?
      • Diet
      • Exercise
      • Fluid regulation
      • Maintaining weight
      • What is the long term prognosis for patients with congestive heart failure?
      • Can congestive heart failure be prevented?
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    • Swollen Ankles and/or Swollen Feet Swollen ankles and swollen feet is a symptom of an underlying disease or condition such as edema, medications, pregnancy,...learn more »
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      Swollen Ankles and/or Swollen Feet Article
      • Swollen ankles and swollen feet facts
      • What causes swollen ankles and swollen feet?
      • Who is at risk for swollen ankles and swollen feet?
      • What are the symptoms of swollen ankles and swollen feet?
      • How are swollen ankles and swollen feet diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for swollen feet and swollen ankles?
      • What are the complications of swollen ankles and swollen feet?
      • Can swollen ankles and swollen feet be prevented?
      • What is the prognosis (outcome) for swollen feet and swollen ankles?
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      Brain Tumor Article
      • Brain tumor facts*
      • What is the brain?
      • What are the tumor grades and types?
      • Tumor grade
      • Types of primary brain tumors
      • What are the risk factors for brain tumors?
      • What are the symptoms of a brain tumor?
      • How are brain tumors diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for a brain tumor?
      • What type of surgery is available for brain tumors?
      • Radiation therapy for brain tumors
      • Chemotherapy for brain tumors
      • What about a second opinion for brain tumor treatment?
      • Nutrition during brain tumor treatment
      • What supportive care is available for patients and caregivers?
      • What about rehabilitation after brain tumor treatment?
      • What about follow-up care after brain tumor treatment?
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  • Swelling Of Tissues