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ICD-10 R60.1
ICD-9 782.3
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Anasarca, also known as "extreme generalized edema" is a medical condition characterised by widespread swelling of the skin due to effusion of fluid into the extracellular space. [1]

It is usually caused by either congestive heart failure, liver failure (cirrhosis of the liver) or renal failure/disease and severe malnutrition/protein deficiency.

It can also be created from the administration of exogenous intravenous fluid.

Certain plant-derived anticancer chemotherapeutic agents, such as docetaxel, cause anasarca through a poorly understood capillary leak syndrome.

This condition is also called leucophlegmatia.


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