The Evaluation and Diagnosis of the Swollen Leg

The primary care provider frequently sees patients with signs or symptoms that may indicate cardiovascular pathology. The goal of this lecture is to provide an update and overview of the pathophysiology of leg edema and to provide the primary care physician with a sound framework with which to approach patients presenting with leg edema.

Target Audience

Primary Care Physicians, Physician Assistants and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (General). 

Learning Objective

  • Evaluate patients with leg edema and consider both systematic and local causes when developing treatment plans.
Additional information
Bibliography: 
  • Del Conde, I., & Benenati, J. F. (2018). Acute Deep Vein Thrombosis. Endovascular Interventions, 243-250.
  • Peled, A. W., & Kappos, E. A. (2016). Lipedema: diagnostic and management challenges. International journal of women's health, 8, 389.
  • Evans, N. S., & Ratchford, E. V. (2016). The swollen leg. Vascular Medicine, 21(6), 562-564.
  • Varaki, E. S., Gargiulo, G. D., Penkala, S., & Breen, P. P. (2018). Peripheral vascular disease assessment in the lower limb: a review of current and emerging non-invasive diagnostic methods. Biomedical engineering online, 17(1), 1-27.
  • Del Conde, I., & Benenati, J. F. (2018). Acute Deep Vein Thrombosis. Endovascular Interventions, 243-250.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.75 ABIM MOC
  • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.75 General certificate of attendance
  • 0.75 Nurse Practitioners
Course opens: 
07/01/2021
Course expires: 
04/30/2024

Ian Del Conde Pozzi, M.D., FACC
Director of Vascular Medicine
Associate Director of Cardiology
Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute
Baptist Health South Florida

Ian Del Conde Pozzi, M.D., FACC, faculty of this education activity, has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies* to disclose and he will not include off-label or unapproved product usage in his presentation or discussion.

Non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.    

*Ineligible companies - Companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

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Baptist Health South Florida designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Board of Internal Medicine Maintenance of Certification

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  • 0.75 ABIM MOC
  • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.75 General certificate of attendance
  • 0.75 Nurse Practitioners
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