Edema is swelling caused by excess fluid retention in body tissue. Edema occurs when tiny blood vessels, known as capillaries, leak interstitial fluid into surrounding body tissue, causing the tissue to swell. Once the body senses the loss of fluid from the blood vessels, the kidneys begin to retain additional fluid to compensate. This increases the amount of fluid circulating in the bloodstream, causing the capillaries to leak even more fluid. Fluid leakage can be the result of damage to the capillaries or a serious underlying medical condition. Edema can affect any part of the body, but is commonly noticed in the hands, feet, legs, and ankles.

Symptoms of Edema include:

  • abnormal swelling or puffiness
  • unusual weight gain
  • increased abdominal size
  • stretched or shiny skin

Edema is a major side effect of Avandia, a type 2 diabetes medication. Avandia is known to cause weight gain caused by Edema. Patients prescribed Avandia must be carefully monitored as excess body fluid could lead to many heart problems including heart failure. Other serious Avandia side effects include a heart attack.

If you or a loved one has developed Edema while using Avandia, please contact one of our Edema injury attorneys today for a confidential and free case evaluation. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

Published November 17, 2011 by