Oedema that an individual is born with and which presents itself in early childhood. This occurs as a result of a compromised/ inadequate lymph system which cannot deal with the amount of lymph in the system which therefore pools, causing oedema in areas which are often close to those which have been compromised.
Occurs later, usually in the teenage years. It is more prevalent in women due to hormonal changes which act as a trigger.
Secondary / Adult Lymphoedema
Oedema caused by trauma such as stress, an accident, or cancer related trauma e.g. surgery, lymph node removal, radiation, and chemotherapy.