The Author

Joachim Zuther, Lymphedema Specialist. Read more
Lohmann Rauscher

Tactile Medical

Complications of Lymphedema


Lymphedema is caused by a blockage or dysfunction of the lymphatic system, causing a disruption of the normal flow of lymph fluid, which may result in swelling affecting various parts of the body. Lymphedema most commonly presents in soft tissues of arms and legs; however, it may also affect the trunk, abdomen, head . . . → Read More: Complications of Lymphedema

What is Lymphatic Filariasis?


Endemic regions for filariasis

Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) is the primary cause for lymphedema worldwide and is a painful and extremely disfiguring disease, which has been identified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a leading cause for permanent and long-term disability in the world. It is a tropical disease, endemic to more than 80 regions . . . → Read More: What is Lymphatic Filariasis?

Pharmaceutical Options in the Treatment of Lymphedema


The use of drugs in the treatment of lymphedema in the Western Hemisphere is generally limited to antibiotics, which are used to prevent and treat infections commonly associated with lymphedema. As stated in the Position Paper of the National Lymphedema Network, lymphedema should not be treated exclusively with drugs or dietary supplements. Following . . . → Read More: Pharmaceutical Options in the Treatment of Lymphedema

When is it Lymphedema?


“After a day of sitting in the office my ankles are swollen.”

“During the last several months of my pregnancy, my legs practically doubled in size”

“My fingers and hand frequently get puffy following a long hike”

“My arm started swelling after I had surgery for my breast cancer”

“Following the removal of . . . → Read More: When is it Lymphedema?

Skin and Nail Care in Lymphedema Management


Skin and nail care play an essential role in both prevention of lymphedema in those patients at risk of developing this condition, and in the management of existing lymphedema. Current methods of cancer treatment lower the risk of developing lymphedema. However, if a patient had surgery involving the lymphatic system – a radical . . . → Read More: Skin and Nail Care in Lymphedema Management

Infections Associated with Lymphedema


There are numerous reasons why patients with lymphedema are at an increased risk for infections. Normally the body is protected by a fine acid layer on the surface of the skin, which prevents bacteria and other pathogens from entering. However, the skin in lymphedema tends to be dry and scaly, causing a disruption . . . → Read More: Infections Associated with Lymphedema