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Fluid Retention and Tissue Swelling Due to Collection of Lymph in Cats




Although there is currently no cure available for lymphedema, a number of medical and surgical treatments have been attempted with variable outcomes. Long-term application of pressure wraps and antibiotics to prevent infections may be successful in some patients, while rest and massage seem to not help in treating the condition. There are also various surgical techniques that are used to treat lymphedema, but none have demonstrated consistent results.


Living and Management


As there is no cure available, most veterinarians focus on alleviating secondary symptoms and complications such as lameness.



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