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Joachim Zuther, Lymphedema Specialist. Read more
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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

Lymphedema Affecting the Breast and Trunk

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Lymphedema affecting the chest, breast and posterior thorax, also known as trunkal lymphedema, is a common problem following breast cancer surgery, but is often difficult to diagnose, especially if the patient does not also present with lymphedema of the arm, or it may be dismissed as a side-effect of  breast cancer surgery, which . . . → Read More: Lymphedema Affecting the Breast and Trunk

Options of Care for Compression Garments

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The primary role of compression garments in lymphedema management is to maintain the reduction of the swelling achieved during the intensive treatment phase of Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT). A high level of consistency in providing the appropriate compression is crucial in order to avoid re-accumulation of evacuated lymphedema fluid. This consistency is provided . . . → Read More: Options of Care for Compression Garments

Pharmaceutical Options in the Treatment of Lymphedema

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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?

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“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?

Compression Garments for Lymphedema – Custom or Ready-Made?

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Although lymphedema can be reduced to a normal or near normal size using proper treatment techniques, the lymphatic vessels are never normal again after lymphedema was present. In addition, once lymphedemahas been reduced, skin elasticity may never be regained completely since the elastic fibers in the skin are damaged from the swelling present . . . → Read More: Compression Garments for Lymphedema – Custom or Ready-Made?

Axillary Web Syndrome

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A number of patients who underwent  axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) in combination with breast cancer surgery experience postoperative pain and limited range of motion associated with a palpable cord of tissue extending from the axilla into the arm on the same side. This condition is known as Axillary Web Syndrome (AWS), or Cording Syndrome is little . . . → Read More: Axillary Web Syndrome

Screening and Measurements for Early Detection of Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema

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The National Lymphedema Network (NLN) published a new Position Paper on “Screening and Measurements for Early Detection of Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema” in response to recent developments in breast cancer related lymphedema.

The publication of this paper is vital new information for breast cancer survivors at risk for lymphedema. The NLN Medical Advisory . . . → Read More: Screening and Measurements for Early Detection of Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema

Recruitment of Volunteers for RIBP Study

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Dear Readers:

Elise Radina, Associate Professor of Family Studies from the Department of Family Studies and Social Work at Miami University, asked me to share with you a call for volunteers in a qualitative study of women and men with radiation induced brachial plexopathy (RIBP).

I am glad to assist in this important task – . . . → Read More: Recruitment of Volunteers for RIBP Study

Resistive Exercises for Lymphedema

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This is part two of a three-part series covering exercises for patients affected by lymphedema. Part one covered aerobic exercises; part three will discuss decongestive and breathing exercises.

Strength exercises improve muscular power, increase the strength in ligaments, tendons and bones, and positively contribute to weight control. Resistive exercises are typically performed in . . . → Read More: Resistive Exercises for Lymphedema