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Hereditary lymphedema type II

Other Names for this Disease
  • Lymphedema hereditary type 2
  • Lymphedema praecox
  • Lymphedema, hereditary, II
  • Lymphedema, late-onset
  • Meige disease
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What causes hereditary lymphedema type II?

The cause of hereditary lymphedema type II is unknown. The condition is thought to be genetic because it tends to run in families. Researchers have studied many genes associated with the lymphatic system; however, to date, no specific genetic change has been associated with this type of lymphedema.[1]
Last updated: 2/9/2012

  1. Meige lymphedema. Genetics Home Reference (GHR). November 2010; Accessed 2/9/2012.