Accessibility Help | Sitemap | Contact Us | Advantage Centre 24/7 - 0800 980 8880
United Kingdom Change Country
Home  |  Conditions  |  Products  |  Clinical Evidence  |  Education & Training  |  For Patients  |  Customer Support
You are here: Home > Conditions > Skin Management & Wound Prevention > Oedema
Print
Illustration of edema

Oedema

Oedema (swelling) is the enlargement of organs, skin or other body parts. It is caused by a build-up of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks).

About Oedema


Flash Placeholder

Oedema can occur throughout the body (generalised) or only in a specific part of the body (localised). Slight oedema of the lower legs commonly occurs in warm summer months, especially if a person has been standing or walking a lot.

Generalised swelling, or gross oedema (also called anasarca), is a common sign in severely ill people. Although slight oedema may be difficult to detect, especially in an overweight person, gross oedema is very obvious.

Source: MedlinePlus, a service of the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health

Related Products

Image of the V.A.C. ATS System V.A.C. ATS Therapy Unit

Designed for higher acuity wounds in patients in acute and long-term care facilities.

Image of the InfoV.A.C. Therapy System InfoV.A.C. Therapy Unit

The next generation of V.A.C.® Therapy Units for the acute care environment with enhanced data gathering and ease-of-use capabilities.

Image of the V.A.C. Freedom System V.A.C. Freedom Therapy Unit

Designed to deliver all the benefits of V.A.C.® Therapy in both the hospital and home care settings.

Image of the ActiV.A.C. Therapy System ActiV.A.C. Therapy Unit

The latest V.A.C.® Therapy unit for ambulatory patients, designed to simplify patient compliance and mobility.

Image of the V.A.C. GranuFoam Silver Dressing System V.A.C. GranuFoam Silver Dressing Kits

A specifically engineered dressing that combines the benefits of V.A.C.® GranuFoam™ with the protective anti-bacterial properties of silver to reduce the likelihood of (re)infections.

Image of V.A.C. GranuFoam Standard Dressings Kits V.A.C. GranuFoam™ Standard Dressing Kits

Designed to treat a wide variety of chronic, acute and sub-acute wounds, from simple to complex, and hard-to-reach, inconveniently located wounds.

Image of the V.A.C. GranuFoam Round Dressing System V.A.C. GranuFoam™ Round Dressing Kit

An easy-to-size dressing suitable for various wound widths and depths.

Image of the V.A.C. GranuFoam Thin Dressing System V.A.C. GranuFoam™ Thin Dressing Kit

An easy-to-size dressing for shallow wounds.

Image of the V.A.C. GranuFoam Hand Dressing System V.A.C. GranuFoam™ Hand Kit

A customized dressing for hand wounds.

Image of the V.A.C. Abdominal Dressing System V.A.C. Abdominal Dressing Kit

A specialty dressing for advanced management of the open abdomen.

Image of the V.A.C. GranuFoam Heel Dressing V.A.C. GranuFoam™ Heel Dressing Kit

An easy-to-use dressing designed specifically for heel wounds.

Image of the V.A.C. White Foam Dressing System V.A.C. WhiteFoam Dressing Kits

A versatile, polyvinyl alcohol dressing used to help promote graft take and for tunnels and undermining, while protecting delicate tissue.


  • Share on Facebook.com
  • Share on Twitter
  • Visit our YouTube page

Important Message for Patients

Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Contact Us


Copyright © 1998 - 2013 KCI Licensing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.    DSL# 09-03-193.UK
This information is intended only for residents of the United Kingdom.
The product information provided in this site is intended only for residents of the United Kingdom.
The products discussed herein may have different product labeling in different countries.