It is extremely important for the regular functioning of our immune system. Blockage in these paths can lead to lymphatic congestion (build-up of fluid). This condition is often referred to as Lymphoedema.
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In small cases of breast cancer surgery (Mastectomy), the lymphatic system may be damaged. Swelling of the arms and hands occurs as a direct result of lymphatic injury.
Lipoedema or lipedema is the condition which results in the uneven deposition of fat under the skin. A patient suffering from Lipoedema usually has disproportionate lower bodies, typically large thighs despite a healthy diet and regular exercise.
A patient suffering from this congestion can have excess fluid build-up affect the legs in particular. When this builds up to a severe point, the patient can often develop the disease Elephantiasis, where the swelling becomes quite severe and asymmetrical in the lower legs.