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Joachim Zuther, Lymphedema Specialist. Read more
Lohmann Rauscher
MediUSA

Tactile Medical

How to Care for Short-Stretch Compression Bandages

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Compression bandages (and compression garments – see below) used in the management of  lymphedema should be properly washed on a regular basis, so  skin cells and oils won’t become trapped in the fibers of the  bandages and damage the integrity of the textile. Compression bandages may be machine or hand washed; machine wash . . . → Read More: How to Care for Short-Stretch Compression Bandages

Differences between Lipedema and Lymphedema

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As outlined in a  previous entry, lipedema is a chronically progressive, symmetrical accumulation of fat in the subcutaneous tissue occurring almost exclusively in women. Primarily the lower extremities are affected, but lipedema may occur in combination with the upper extremities as well. Lipedema is characterized by symmetric enlargement of the limbs, combined with tenderness . . . → Read More: Differences between Lipedema and Lymphedema

Efficacy of Manual Lymph Drainage in preventing Secondary Lymphedema following Breast Cancer Surgery

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The results reported in a recent study published in the Journal of Lymphology1 emphasized the significant effect of Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) in preventing the onset of secondary lymphedema of the upper extremity on the operated side following breast cancer surgery. The study showed that prophylactic application of MLD administered immediately following breast cancer . . . → Read More: Efficacy of Manual Lymph Drainage in preventing Secondary Lymphedema following Breast Cancer Surgery

Self Manual Lymph Drainage for Lymphedema Affecting the Leg

TweetComplete decongestive therapy (CDT) is performed in two phases; in the first phase, also known as the intensive or decongestive phase, treatments are administered by trained lymphedema therapists on a daily basis until the affected body part is decongested.

The duration of the intensive phase varies with the severity of the condition and averages . . . → Read More: Self Manual Lymph Drainage for Lymphedema Affecting the Leg

Stages of Lymphedema

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Chronic lymphedema is considered to be a progressive condition regardless if it is classified as primary or secondary and can not simply be described as an accumulation of protein-rich fluid. It is a chronic degenerative and inflammatory process affecting the soft tissues, skin, lymph vessels and nodes and may result in severe and . . . → Read More: Stages of Lymphedema

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