lymphedema

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lymphedema

[¦lim·fə¦dē·mə]
(medicine)
Edema resulting from lymph vessel obstruction.
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Secondary lymphoedema may be caused by trauma, such as axillary lymph node dissection during surgery for breast cancer, or by filariasis, which is a parasitic infection of the lymphatic system occurring in the South Pacific (Casley-Smith & Casley-Smith, 1992b).
Reports of the incidence of secondary lymphoedema vary widely.
However, pneumatic compression is not used as a sole treatment for secondary lymphoedema because the pump assists in reabsorption of water from the limb but leaves protein molecules in situ, which may accelerate development of fibrosis (Mason, 2001).
The findings of this analysis will then be discussed in terms of the effectiveness of the physiotherapy treatments for secondary lymphoedema, and finally the recommendations for clinical practice and future research will be presented.
Another useful physiotherapy technique for established secondary lymphoedema following surgery for cancer is lymphatic massage, such as Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD).
Exercise, a potential trigger for lymphoedema, is controversial as a technique to treat secondary lymphoedema.
Skin care plays a part supporting physiotherapy techniques in the treatment of secondary lymphoedema.
Secondary lymphoedema occurs when there is damage to the lymph nodes following breast cancer.

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