Managing lymphoedema

Intervention at an early stage can reduce not only disease severity but also the risk of developing lymphoedema

Lymphoedema is a chronic permanent swelling resulting from accumulation of fluid and other products, such as protein, in the tissue spaces due to an imbalance between interstitial fluid production and transport.1


It can affect any part of the body — limbs, trunk, breast, genitalia and head or neck.

Lymphoedema can be due to congenital malformation of the lymphatic system (primary lymphoedema) or due to damage to the lymphatic vessels and/or lymph nodes (secondary lymphoedema).

The three main types of primary lymphoedema are congenital