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Sample NPTE Question 2013 #22

22.
A physical therapist is evaluating a 50 year old patient with a generally swollen right leg.  The patient does not report any trauma to the leg and describes the swelling as increasing gradually over the last 12 months.  The swelling is non-pitting, primarily below the knee.  The leg is not red or hot, and the patient indicates that his leg just feels “heavy.”  What is the MOST likely origin of the swelling?

  1. Acute systemic infection
  2. Chronic inflammation
  3. Hypertension
  4. Lymphedema

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