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Joachim Zuther, Lymphedema Specialist. Read more
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Proposed Settlement to Broaden Medicare Coverage for Chronic Conditions

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Dear Readers!

Today an article appeared in the New York Times outlining the proposed settlement of a lawsuit that challenged the government’s practice of denying some coverage to patients whose condition was not improving. This settlement will certainly have an effect on current procedures in terms of Medicare coverage for patients affected by . . . → Read More: Proposed Settlement to Broaden Medicare Coverage for Chronic Conditions

The Risk of Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema Over Time

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I am very grateful to Carol Doeringer, lymphedema patient and advocate, who submitted this interesting and very insightful contribution on the risk factors contributing to breast cancer related lymphedema. The material is excerpted from a self-study course Carol has developed with the support of friends and experts in the lymphedema and nursing communities. . . . → Read More: The Risk of Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema Over Time

Primary Lymphedema

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While secondary lymphedema is caused by blockage or damage to a normally functioning lymphatic system resulting from surgery, radiation, trauma and other known insults, the formation of primary lymphedema is caused by pathology affecting the lymphatic system directly in form of a developmental abnormality, most commonly hypoplasia or hyperplasia involving lymph vessels and/or . . . → Read More: Primary Lymphedema

Complete Decongestive Therapy in the Treatment of Lymphedema

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Complete decongestive therapy (CDT), sometimes referred to as complex decongestive therapy, or combined physical therapy is the internationally recognized “gold standard” treatment system for the vast majority of patients affected by lymphedema.

Backed by long standing experience, CDT has shown to be safe and effective as the standard therapy for lymphedema. It is . . . → Read More: Complete Decongestive Therapy in the Treatment of Lymphedema

Elastic Taping in Conjunction with Lymphedema Treatment

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During the past several years various techniques of elastic taping have become popular adjunct treatment modalities for lymphedema. While elastic taping has been applied for many years to treat conditions such as sports injuries or orthopedic problems, recent studies and patient reports indicate that this technique may also be a useful tool in . . . → Read More: Elastic Taping in Conjunction with Lymphedema Treatment

Secondary Lymphedema of the Head and Neck

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Lymphedema is a common late effect of cancer treatment in the head and neck region and may develop in a variety of external and internal anatomical locations of the head and neck.

As with lymphedema affecting other areas of the body, most often the upper and lower extremities, secondary lymphedema of the head . . . → Read More: Secondary Lymphedema of the Head and Neck

The Role of Complete Decongestive Therapy in Breast Cancer Treatment Related Lymphedema

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Lymphedema is considered one of the most distressing and debilitating complications of breast cancer treatment and affects at least three million Americans. The underlying problem of lymphedema is a lymphatic dysfunction, resulting in abnormal accumulation of water and proteins primarily in the subcutaneous tissues, which can cause the onset of visible and palpable . . . → Read More: The Role of Complete Decongestive Therapy in Breast Cancer Treatment Related Lymphedema

Lower Extremity Lymphedema Symptom Online Survey

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Sheila H. Ridner, PhD, RN, FAAN, Associate Professor at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing asked me to share with you a call to individuals affected by lower extremity lymphedema to participate in a fully on-line study regarding symptoms experienced by these patients. Anyone with lower limb swelling can participate; names are not . . . → Read More: Lower Extremity Lymphedema Symptom Online Survey

Comparison of Blood and Lymph Vessels

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The heart and blood vessels represent the main components of the circulatory system, which consists of an elaborate network of tubes throughout the body. The circulatory system involves the combined functioning of the heart, blood and blood vessels to deliver oxygen and nutrients to organ systems and tissues, and to remove waste products . . . → Read More: Comparison of Blood and Lymph Vessels

The Role of Short-Stretch Bandages in the Management of Lymphedema

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Compression therapy, like manual lymph drainage (MLD), exercises and skin care, is a main element of Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT). In most cases of lymphedema, the elastic fibers in skin tissues affected by lymphedema are damaged and unable to provide adequate resistance against the musculature working underneath, and the blood and lymph vessels . . . → Read More: The Role of Short-Stretch Bandages in the Management of Lymphedema