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Ask Dr. Gott 10/26

Congestive heart failure causes leg swelling

DEAR DR. GOTT: My mother is 80 years old and was diagnosed with congestive heart failure about two years ago. In November, her left leg started to swell and is still swollen after 14 trips to the doctor. It is so bad that the lymph fluid is oozing through her pores into her socks. Her shoes don't fit. She does not have diabetes. Her main doctor, an internal-medicine specialist, has referred us to a dermatologist with no results. She has had a deep-vein-and-artery scan. Now we have been referred to a vein-and-artery surgeon who wants her to have an ...


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