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The management of the prevention and the treatment of lymphoedema — a literature review

Katarzyna Magdalena Ochałek, Tomasz Grądalski
Medycyna Paliatywna w Praktyce 2017;11(1):24-30.

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Vol 11, No 1 (2017)
Review articles
Published online: 2017-09-20

Abstract

Lymphoedema, which is understood as a result of mechanical (low output) failure of the lymphatic system, may be a result of abnormalities of structure and function of the lymphatic system (primary lymphoedema), injuries, inflammation, chronic vein insufficiency or related to cancer (secondary lymphoedema). Because of chronic nature of the illness and the lack of possibilities to be cured, education and prevention play an important role. In the developed lymphoedema complex physical therapy is used which an indispensable factor is compression therapy. This paper presents current review of knowledge using in the prevention and the treatment of lymphatic insufficiency and also describes barriers in the sufficient management of lymphedema in the health care system.

Abstract

Lymphoedema, which is understood as a result of mechanical (low output) failure of the lymphatic system, may be a result of abnormalities of structure and function of the lymphatic system (primary lymphoedema), injuries, inflammation, chronic vein insufficiency or related to cancer (secondary lymphoedema). Because of chronic nature of the illness and the lack of possibilities to be cured, education and prevention play an important role. In the developed lymphoedema complex physical therapy is used which an indispensable factor is compression therapy. This paper presents current review of knowledge using in the prevention and the treatment of lymphatic insufficiency and also describes barriers in the sufficient management of lymphedema in the health care system.

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Keywords

lymphatic system, lymphoedema, prevention, education, physical activity, compression therapy, complex physical therapy

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Title

The management of the prevention and the treatment of lymphoedema — a literature review

Journal

Palliative Medicine in Practice

Issue

Vol 11, No 1 (2017)

Article type

Review paper

Pages

24-30

Published online

2017-09-20

Bibliographic record

Medycyna Paliatywna w Praktyce 2017;11(1):24-30.

Keywords

lymphatic system
lymphoedema
prevention
education
physical activity
compression therapy
complex physical therapy

Authors

Katarzyna Magdalena Ochałek
Tomasz Grądalski

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