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Edema (cont.)

Exams and Tests

Depending on the details of the patient's history, the health care practitioner will perform a thorough examination. The health care practitioner may order tests, for example:

  • chest X-ray,
  • abdominal ultrasound,
  • ultrasound of the legs,
  • blood tests of liver function
  • urinalysis, and
  • evaluation of the patient's kidney and liver function.

It is important to understand that while the edema itself can be physically limiting, ascertaining the underlying cause is important so that treatment can be targeted specifically to the condition causing edema. Sudden swelling of one or both legs may be a sign of a serious medical problem. If this occurs, see a health care practitioner immediately.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/29/2014

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