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Joachim Zuther, Lymphedema Specialist. Read more
Lohmann Rauscher
MediUSA

Tactile Medical

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

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

Manual Lymph Drainage and its Role in the Treatment of Lymphedema

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Manual lymph drainage (MLD) is one of the main components of complete decongestive therapy (CDT).  In combination with compression therapy, skin and nail care and decongestive exercises, MLD performs the crucial role of re-routing stagnated lymphatic fluid, which is essential in the treatment and management of primary and secondary lymphedema. This gentle manual . . . → Read More: Manual Lymph Drainage and its Role in the Treatment of Lymphedema

The Importance of Lymphedema Support Groups

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In a support group, members provide each other with various forms of help, usually non-professional and non-material. They can be a crucial tool for individuals who share the common diagnosis of lymphedema to come together and share coping tips, experiences, news, and most importantly emotional support.

The help and information received in lymphedema . . . → Read More: The Importance of Lymphedema Support Groups

Call to Lymphedema Therapists to Participate in Online Survey

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Dear Practicing Lymphedema Therapist,

The American Lymphedema Framework Project (ALFP) invites you to participate in their second biennial online survey. The ALFP is a national initiative developed under the leadership of recognized clinical experts and investigators in the field of lymphedema. As a collaboration of health care providers, researchers, educators, patients, and industry . . . → Read More: Call to Lymphedema Therapists to Participate in Online Survey

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

Measuring for Compression Stockings

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Compression garments are the most important tool to ensure preservation and improvement of the therapeutic success achieved during treatment with Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT). To select the correct garment (ready-made or custom made), compression level and, if necessary, fastening systems, the patients age, physical abilities (and limitations), lifestyle, type of lymphedema and any . . . → Read More: Measuring for Compression Stockings

Measuring for Compression Arm Sleeves

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Compression sleeves are the most important tool to ensure preservation and improvement of the therapeutic success achieved during treatment with Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT). To select the correct garment (ready-made or custom made), compression level, and, if necessary, fastening systems, the patients age, physical abilities (and limitations), lifestyle, type of lymphedema and any . . . → Read More: Measuring for Compression Arm Sleeves

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