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The management of fluid leakage in grossly oedematous legs

Oedema of one limb may be indicative of venous or lymphatic disease, while bilateral limb oedema may be a symptom of heart or kidney disease (Gorman et al, 2000). Pitting oedema may indicate congestive cardiac failure. In ischaemic conditions, the cause may be limb dependency as patients try to alleviate pain by hanging the limb out of the bed (Stubbing and Chesworth, 2001).

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