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Lymphoedema 

Lymphoedema
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Lymphoedema
Author(s):

Vaughan Keeley

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199656097.003.0113
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date: 07 May 2021

Lymphoedema is a chronic oedema developing as a result of failure of the lymphatic system to drain fluid and other substances, such as proteins, from the tissues. It typically affects the limbs but can involve any part of the body. The management of all types of lymphoedema is largely palliative in nature in that there are no surgical or other treatments which offer a cure for the problem in the vast majority of cases. This chapter focuses on oedema associated with advanced cancer and other diseases, encountered towards the end of life with some reference to cancer treatment-related lymphoedema, as this may also be present in people with advanced disease.

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