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I wonder if something like this could be happening to some people. I came across this after Dr. Bell mentioned idiopathic hypovolemia in his low blood volume report. Your capillaries start leaking, you lose blood pressure and blood volume, you feel fatigued and light-headed and you may experience swelling. I've always had the idea that I swell a bit after too much "exercise". Could exercise be inducing something like this?
Systemic capillary leak syndrome
Systemic capillary leak syndrome is a rare disorder characterized by recurrent flares of massive leakage of plasma and other blood components from blood vessels into neighboring body cavities and muscles. This leads to swelling. The symptoms result from a sudden and unexplained increase in the leakiness of small blood vessel (capillary) walls. Unless treated, massive fluid shifts result in a sharp drop in blood pressure that can lead to organ failure and death.
This condition is also called Clarkson's disease.
Systemic capillary leak syndrome may be triggered by an upper respiratory tract infection. Signs and symptoms of systemic capillary leak syndrome may include:
- Sudden swelling (edema) of the arms, legs and other parts of the body
- Rapid drop in blood pressure
- An increased concentration of red blood cells, due to leakage of plasma
- A decreased concentration of a protein called albumin
- The presence of a distinct form of protein called monoclonal protein
With treatment, you may be able to control the disorder and avert attacks for long periods of time. If you have a long-term (chronic) form of the condition, you may experience persistent edema and fluid collection in body cavities without the sudden flares typical of other types of systemic capillary leak syndrome.