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Edema

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Edema (BE: oedema, formerly known as dropsy) is swelling of any organ or tissue due to accumulation of excess fluid. Edema has many root causes, but its common mechanism is accumulation of fluid into the tissues.

Types of edema are pitting edema and non-pitting edema. The former is present if pressing of the affected body part creates a small pit that disappears within a few seconds. Non-pitting edema is not compressible.

Edema can occur in whole body, then it is called generalized, or can be limited to only some parts or organs, then it is localized.

Causes of edema are:

See also

es:Edema fr:Œdème sv:dem

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