Cachectic edema

edema occurring in diseases characterized by wasting and hypoproteinemia; due to low plasma oncotic pressure. SYN: marantic edema.

Cachexia is a condition that is characterized by the loss of muscle mass and body fat, which can occur as a result of a chronic illness such as cancer, heart failure, or HIV/AIDS. Edema, on the other hand, is the accumulation of fluid in the body’s tissues, which can cause swelling and discomfort.

Cachectic edema, therefore, is a type of edema that occurs in individuals who are experiencing cachexia. The loss of muscle and body fat can cause a shift in fluid balance in the body, leading to the accumulation of excess fluid in the tissues. This can result in swelling in various parts of the body, including the legs, arms, and abdomen.

Cachectic edema can be a sign of a more serious underlying condition, and it is important to consult a healthcare professional if you are experiencing swelling or edema. The treatment for cachectic edema will depend on the underlying condition causing the cachexia, but may include medications to manage fluid balance and underlying symptoms, as well as lifestyle modifications such as changes to diet and exercise. In severe cases, hospitalization and specialized medical care may be necessary.