Prognosis of Lymphedema

The prognosis for lymphedema depends on the extent of damage to the lymphatic system and the stage at which treatment begins. It cannot be cured, but with proper and timely care and treatment, the affected limb can be returned to a normal size and shape. It can also be treated so that further degeneration does not take place.

Left untreated, lymphedema can result in increased swelling along with a hardening of the tissue. This results in decreased function and mobility and can lead to chronic infections and other illnesses.

Some of the other complications that can result from lymphedema are cellulitis, lymphangitis and lymphangiosarcoma.