Because lymphedema can lead to infection in the affected limb, it’s important to diagnose and treat it early. At Nemours, our dedicated team of specialists is experienced in lymphedema treatment in children.

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Lymphedema is swelling in the arms or legs caused by an accumulation of lymph fluid (the clear, watery fluid that carries protein molecules, salts, glucose, urea, other substances through the body). The condition is typically caused by a blockage in the lymphatic system that prevents proper drainage of this fluid.

Primary lymphedema occurs when lymphatic vessels are missing or impaired. Secondary lymphedema happens when lymph vessels are damaged or lymph nodes are removed. Children can be born with the condition or, in some cases, can develop it in puberty (known as praecox) or adulthood (tarda).

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington

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Wilmington, DE 19803
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At the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, we treat both congenital and acquired lymphedema. Our lymphedema treatment program offers the expertise of a wide array of pediatric medical and allied health professionals, including:

In addition to various evaluation, counseling, and lymphedema therapy services, we’re pleased to offer the Wright linear pump — a noninvasive, state-of-the-art device that uses programmable pressure to treat fluid accumulation disorders, including lymphedema.

Whatever kind of lymphedema your child has, know that at Nemours we do whatever it takes to give your child the very best, most compassionate treatment possible. We treat every child as we would our own — your child, our promise.