Edema, also spelled oedema or œdema, is an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the interstitium, located beneath the skin and in the cavities of the body, which can cause severe pain. A number of health conditions or situations can cause edema. Edema is the medical term for swelling caused by a collection of fluid in the spaces that surround the body' s tissues and organs.
In certain liver and kidney diseases, low levels of albumin in the blood can contribute to fluid retention. Synonym( s) : oedema. E· de· ma ( ĕ- dē' mă) An accumulation of an excessive amount of watery fluid in cells, tissues, or serous cavities. Oedema may be local, as at the site of an. Clinically, edema manifests as swelling. Edema is a swelling, usually of the legs, feet, and/ or hands due to the accumulation of excessive fluid in the tissues.
Sometimes the cause is a harmless case of water retention. Peripheral Edema Causes & Risk Factors. Oedema ( ĭ- dē′ mə) n. Oedema See edema. The edema that occurs in diseases of the heart, liver, and kidneys is mainly caused by salt retention, which holds the excess fluid in the body.