* Not a rare disease
Other Names for this Disease
- Idiopathic cyclic edema
- Idiopathic orthostatic edema
- Fluid retention syndrome
- Cyclical edema
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 "Idiopathic" means that the cause of this condition is unknown. Idiopathic edema occurs in the absence of heart, kidney, or liver disease. It is often associated with diabetes, obesity, and emotional problems. The edema may develop periodically or it may persist over time. Swelling of the face, hands, and legs can develop rapidly, and affected individuals typically experience significant changes in their weight over the course of a day. Treatment often includes a low sodium and carbohydrate diet as well as cessation of diuretic therapy (if warranted).Idiopathic edema is a common cause of fluid retention and swelling (edema) in women under age 50.
Last updated: 6/16/2016
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