Genital oedema can be the result of interruption to the lymphatic drainage of this area caused by tumor, surgical removal of lymph nodes, radiotherapy or infection. Congenital disorders causing inadequate lymphatics can sometimes lead to the development of this condition.
In men, the penis, scrotum or both can be affected, presenting as swelling and pain. The skin may become prone to inflammation and infection due to the high levels of protein in the tissues and may become course and hardened. Difficulty in urination and sexual dysfunction can occur.
For women, surgical procedures such as radical hysterectomy and post-operative radiotherapy for cancer of the cervix can increase the risk of genital and pelvic lymphoedema. It may present as swelling and pain in the pelvis and labia. Increased levels of protein in the tissues can result in infections and a thickening. There can be an impact on sexual function.
For assessment and a prescribed treatment talk to a Lymphoedema Therapist.
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