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Lymphedema management 

Lymphedema management
Chapter:
Lymphedema management
Author(s):

Mei R. Fu

and Bonnie B. Lasinski

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199332342.003.0016
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date: 12 November 2018

Lymphedema is a syndrome of abnormal accumulation of lymph fluid and multiple symptoms that is caused by irreversible damage to and congenital malformation of the lymphatic system. There is no cure for lymphedema, and management of lymphedema requires daily self-care and changes in lifestyle. Promotion of lymph fluid flow and prevention of infection is fundamental to achieve long-term effective lymphedema management. This chapter prepares nurses to understand, assess, and manage lymphedema in various clinical settings, including acute, outpatient, community, and palliative care.

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