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Am J Med. 2012 Feb;125(2):134-40. doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2011.06.032.

Current views on diagnostic approach and treatment of lymphedema.

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Department of Internal Medicine, University of Genova, Italy. Giuseppe.Murdaca@unige.it

Abstract

Lymphedema is a chronic, progressive, and often debilitating condition. Primary lymphedema is a lymphatic malformation developing during the later stage of lymphangiogenesis. Secondary lymphedema is the result of obstruction or disruption of the lymphatic system, which can occur as a consequence of tumors, surgery, trauma, infection, inflammation, and radiation therapy. In this review, we report an update upon the diagnostic approach and the medical and surgical therapy for both primary and secondary lymphedema.

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22269614
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10.1016/j.amjmed.2011.06.032
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