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Vasa. 2011 Jul;40(4):271-9. doi: 10.1024/0301-1526/a000115.

Lymphedema and lipedema - an overview of conservative treatment.

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RehaClinic Bad Zurzach, Switzerland. s.wagner@rehaclinic.ch

Abstract

Lymphedema and lipedema are chronic progressive disorders for which no causal therapy exists so far. Many general practitioners will rarely see these disorders with the consequence that diagnosis is often delayed. The pathophysiological basis is edematization of the tissues. Lymphedema involves an impairment of lymph drainage with resultant fluid build-up. Lipedema arises from an orthostatic predisposition to edema in pathologically increased subcutaneous tissue. Treatment includes complex physical decongestion by manual lymph drainage and absolutely uncompromising compression therapy whether it is by bandage in the intensive phase to reduce edema or with a flat knit compression stocking to maintain volume.

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21780050
DOI:
10.1024/0301-1526/a000115
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