What Causes The Elderly With Swollen Legs?

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Tonight, my father aged 83 years, often complained of the navel on his stomach which often protrudes, is it possible because his stomach is enlarged huh? And his father’s feet are also swollen. I wonder what is the cause huh? Please answer, beforehand thank you.

1 Answer:

Hello Niken Ibra,

Large intrabdominal pressure (in the stomach) can cause the navel to appear flat, this can be observed in large pregnant women, patients with ascites (abnormal fluid in the stomach), or the presence of very large tumors in the stomach. Navel that is so prominent (bulging) that looks like a lump can be caused by an umbilical hernia. An umbilic hernia occurs due to a hole in the abdominal wall muscles, which results in part of the intestines poking out when there is increased intraabdominal pressure including when coughing, sneezing and straining.

In your father's case an enlarged abdomen accompanied by swelling in the lower limbs can be caused due to edema associated with fluid retention. Most of the body consists of fluid, this fluid is mostly located in blood vessels and partly compiles components in body cells. Edema can occur when fluid from a blood vessel comes out and occupies a space between body tissues. Edema can occur in all parts of the body, but the most easily observed are in the back of the foot, ankle, calf, eyelid. Edema can also occur in internal organs such as the lungs, brain, kidneys, and so on. While the term used for abnormal fluid collection in the abdominal cavity is ascites.

Lower limb edema and ascites in elderly patients can be caused by the following diseases:

 Congestive heart failure Low albumin levels Cirrhosis of the liver and other disorders of liver function or bile system Kidney disorders Side effects of long-term treatment If ascites and edema of the lower limbs, you should bring your father to see a doctor directly. It takes a direct and complete examination to be able to diagnose the disorder that is experienced so that appropriate treatment can be determined.

Hurry and bring your father for treatment if there are complaints:

 Shortness of breath that increases in weight Yellow body Difficulty in urinating or defecating that occurs suddenly Thus is my explanation, hopefully useful.

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