Lymphedema is the name of a type of swelling. It happens when lymph builds up in your body's soft tissues. Lymph is a fluid that contains white blood cells that defend against germs. It can build up when the lymph system is damaged or blocked. It usually happens in the arms or legs.
Causes of lymphedema include
Treatment can help control symptoms. It includes exercise, compression devices, skin care, and massage.
Lymphedema Symptoms and Treatments
An oncology nurse navigator shares what cancer survivors need to know about lymphedema.
Lymphedema management: Manual lymph drainage for lower extremities
The following special treatment guidelines apply to treatment with Manual Lymph Drainage of the Lower Extremities and differ from the principle of classic massage.
Lymphedema management: Manual lymph drainage for upper extremities
The following special treatment guidelines apply to treatment with manual lymph drainage of the upper extremities and differ from the principle of classic massage.
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