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Lower extremity lymphedema update: pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment guidelines.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18513827     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Lower extremity lymphedema is an important medical issue which causes morbidity and is frequently seen by dermatologists. The subject has not been adequately addressed in dermatologic literature for many years. Primary lymphedema is caused by an inherent malfunction of the lymph-carrying channel, in which no direct outside cause can be found. Secondary lymphedema is caused by an outside force, such as tumors, scar tissue after radiation, or removal of lymph nodes, which results in dysfunction of the lymph-carrying channels. Treatment is based on rerouting the lymph fluid through remaining functional lymph vessels. This is accomplished through elevation, exercises, compression garments/devices, manual lymph drainage, and treatment is combined with good skin care practices.
Katherine Kerchner; Anne Fleischer; Gil Yosipovitch
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review     Date:  2008-05-29
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology     Volume:  59     ISSN:  1097-6787     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Am. Acad. Dermatol.     Publication Date:  2008 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-07-21     Completed Date:  2008-08-28     Revised Date:  2008-12-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7907132     Medline TA:  J Am Acad Dermatol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  324-31     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Dermatology, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27157, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Lower Extremity / pathology
Lymphedema / complications,  diagnosis*,  physiopathology,  therapy*
Skin Diseases / complications,  diagnosis*,  physiopathology,  therapy*
Comment In:
J Am Acad Dermatol. 2008 Dec;59(6):1092   [PMID:  19022113 ]

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