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Joachim Zuther, Lymphedema Specialist. Read more
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How do Intermittent Pneumatic Compression Devices (IPC’s) work and what are the Contraindications?

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An IPC is an intermittent pneumatic compression device that is composed of an inflatable garment consisting of multiple pressure compartments that wraps around the arm or leg, and an electrical pneumatic pump that fills the garment with compressed air. The garment is intermittently inflated and deflated with cycle times and pressures that vary . . . → Read More: How do Intermittent Pneumatic Compression Devices (IPC’s) work and what are the Contraindications?

Lymphedema and Airline Travel

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Commercial airline travel is fast, safe and convenient and in the vast majority of cases without any harmful health effects. However, the aircraft environment and other airline-travel related factors may cause certain stresses on the individual affected by lymphedema or the population at risk to develop lymphedema (latent lymphedema). This article is intended . . . → Read More: Lymphedema and Airline Travel

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

Living with Lymphedema – live stream recording

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Today I would like to make you aware of an excellent video covering the daily challenges of living with lymphedema.

In this live stream video Sheila H. Ridner, PhD, RN, FAAN, extensively discusses symptoms and issues individuals with various forms of lymphedema experience on a daily basis.

Sheila is the Martha Rivers . . . → Read More: Living with Lymphedema – live stream recording

Effects of Manual Lymph Drainage on Systemic Scleroderma

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Today I would like to share with you a report on a study of the effects of manual lymph drainage (Vodder technique) on systemic scleroderma, which was published in the January 10 issue of “Lymphologie Aktuell”, the member journal of the German Society of Lymphology.

Introduction:

The impacts on the quality of life . . . → Read More: Effects of Manual Lymph Drainage on Systemic Scleroderma

Do’s and Don’ts for Lymphedema of the Leg

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Certain activities may trigger the onset of lymphedema, or may exacerbate the symptoms of existing lymphedema. Individuals affected by lymphedema and those at risk for developing it (everyone who has undergone lymph node excision and/or radiation treatments) should observe the following precautions. The “Do’s” and “Don’ts” below are based on decades of experience . . . → Read More: Do’s and Don’ts for Lymphedema of the Leg

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

Secondary Lymphedema

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Secondary lymphedema results from an identifiable damage leading to disruption or obstruction of normally-functioning lymph vessels and/or lymph nodes and may present in the extremities, trunk, abdomen, head and neck and external genitalia.

Worldwide, the most widespread cause of secondary lymphedema is an infection with a thread-like worm named wucheria bancrofti, which leads . . . → Read More: Secondary 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

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