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Joachim Zuther, Lymphedema Specialist. Read more
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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

Radiation-Induced Brachial Plexopathy

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Today I would like to address the important and often neglected issue of radiation induced brachial plexopathy (RIBP), and how it relates to lymphedema. This first part covers the causes and symptoms of this condition, the next blog entry will discuss the treatment of RIBP with special considerations to the presence of lymphedema.

Radiation-Induced . . . → Read More: Radiation-Induced Brachial Plexopathy

Aerobic Exercises for Lymphedema

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This is the first part in a three-part series covering exercises for patients affected by lymphedema. Part two will cover resistive exercises; part three will discuss decongestive and breathing exercises – so stay tuned.

Patients affected by lymphedema can and should be active, and those who never exercised before should consider starting that . . . → Read More: Aerobic Exercises for Lymphedema

One-Stop Searchable Lymphedema Online Database in the Works

TweetIn an effort to improving standard care for lymphedema, University of Missouri researchers are working on establishing an electronic database in which relevant, up-to-date and evidence-based research relating to lymphedema and its management can be easily stored, searched and reviewed from anywhere in the world.

This is great news, since currently there is no . . . → Read More: One-Stop Searchable Lymphedema Online Database in the Works

Infections Associated with Lymphedema

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There are numerous reasons why patients with lymphedema are at an increased risk for infections. Normally the body is protected by a fine acid layer on the surface of the skin, which prevents bacteria and other pathogens from entering. However, the skin in lymphedema tends to be dry and scaly, causing a disruption . . . → Read More: Infections Associated with Lymphedema

More Updates on H.R. 4662 – the Lymphedema Treatment Act

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I received a letter from Heather Ferguson, the young mom from North Carolina who was instrumental in securing the coverage for treatment of Lymphedema in North Carolina. I would like to share this letter with you below; it answers a lot of questions you may have in regard to . . . → Read More: More Updates on H.R. 4662 – the Lymphedema Treatment Act

Low-Level Laser Therapy and Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema Study

Invitation to participate in a randomized research study on the effectiveness of low-level laser therapy . . . → Read More: Low-Level Laser Therapy and Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema Study

Review of Currently Available Treatment Modalities for Lymphedema

TweetEarly diagnosis and intervention of lymphedema are crucial for optimal treatment results. Whether lymphedema is caused by developmental abnormalities (primary lymphedema), or surgery/radiation to the lymphatic system (secondary lymphedema), the possible long-term physical and psychosocial burden resulting from untreated or mistreated lymphedema can be serious.

Proper treatment is available, and the classification of lymphedema into primary . . . → Read More: Review of Currently Available Treatment Modalities for Lymphedema

Resources for Lymphedema

TweetWe all know the importance of good and reliable resources on lymphedema and its treatment. Good and comprehensive information on this condition is especially important for those individuals affected by lymphedema.

Some lymphedema sufferers seeking advice and guidance from medical professionals are confronted with the fact that some doctors and health professionals have limited . . . → Read More: Resources for Lymphedema