lymphedema

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lymphedema

[¦lim·fə¦dē·mə]
(medicine)
Edema resulting from lymph vessel obstruction.
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In one of the review, based on many studies, it was undertaken to examine the influence of some conservative methods in the treatment of secondary lymphoedema. It was found that intensive and conducted by specialized therapists such treatments as CDF, laser therapy or IPC obtained better results in reducing the volume of edema than self-massage or exercises performed independently by the patient [40].
Of these, 18 developed secondary lymphoedema (16%): 14 in the control group (25%) and 4 in the intervention group (7%).
Therefore pretibial myxoedema is secondary lymphoedema and this warranted the application of decongestive physiotherapy for this patient.
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.
Secondary lymphoedema occurs when there is damage to the lymph nodes following breast cancer.
Secondary Lymphoedema occurs when the lymphatic system is damaged by surgery and/or radiotherapy (as in cancer treatment), or as a result of infection, severe injury, burns, or trauma.

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