Edema

Alternative names
Swelling; Anasarca

Definition

Swelling involves the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body structures. It is caused by excessive buildup of fluid in the tissues. This buildup can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks).

see Swelling.

Johns Hopkins patient information

Last revised: December 5, 2012
by Potos A. Aagen, M.D.

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