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

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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

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