Lymphedema Physician – Margarita Correa MD

A lymphedema doctor is a physician with training and expertise in lymphology.

Lymphology is the study of the lymphatic system.

The physician through a medical history and physical examination can help differentiate between the different kinds of “edemas”. Edema or swelling of an arm or leg can be related to conditions of the heart, kidney, liver; venous system disorders such as chronic venous disease and deep venous thrombosis; and side effect of some medications.

When the lymph fluid flow is impaired then is accumulated and called lymphedema. If the cause of your lymphedema is not obvious, imaging tests can be ordered to determine what’s causing the condition:

*Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) – using magnetic fields and radio waves, an MRI produces 3-D, high-resolution images. An MRI gives a better look at the tissues in your arm or leg.

*Computerized tomography (CT) scan – is an X-ray technique that produces detailed, cross-sectional images of your body’s structures. CT scans can reveal areas of the lymphatic system that may be blocked.

*Doppler ultrasound – looks at blood flow and pressure by bouncing high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) off red blood cells. Ultrasound can be helpful in finding venous and arterial obstructions.

*Radionuclide imaging of your lymphatic system (lymphoscintigraphy) – during this test you’re injected with a radioactive material and then scanned by a machine. The resulting images show the material moving through your lymph vessels, highlighting areas where the lymph fluid is blocked.

The lymphedema physician takes an active part in the treatment.

The treatment is oriented to control the lymphedema and prevent further complications such as infectious process sometimes called cellulitis, properly named dermatolymphoadenitis. The infectious process should be treated promptly to prevent a systemic bacterial infection, sepsis that could be life threatening.

Other associated infections can be related to fungus usually involving the nails and skin that need to be treated with anti-fungicidal medications to prevent worsening of the lymphedema.

The assessment of the kidney and heart function should be considered before starting decongestive therapy.

Margarita Correa MD

Medical School: University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, Medical Sciences Campus, 1980

Residency: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, 1984

Margarita Correa MD is certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, ABPMR Pain Medicine and ABPMR Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine.

Former Professor of the Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation and Sports Health Department, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, San Juan, P.R. from 1984 to 2008.

Dr. Correa did her Lymphedema training with Coast to Coast School of Lymphedema Management, Leduc Lymphedema Management Method, Basic and three Advanced Courses. Dr. Correa is practicing Lymphedema diagnosis and management since 2002 to present.

Dr. Correa has dictated Lymphedema conferences at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program for several years to residents in training and in forums in the US.

Dr. Correa established the first comprehensive lymphedema program for adults and pediatrics in San Juan, Puerto Rico private practice at Centro Fisiatrico Americo Miranda Inc (2003 – 2007) NLN sponsor diagnostic and treatment center and relocated to Florida in 2008.

Dr. Correa is fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, member of the International Society of Lymphology and National Lymphedema Network.

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