Everything you need to know about lymphoedema

Lymphoedema [lim-fa-dee-mah] impacts approximately 240,000 men, women and children within the UK¹ and occurs when your body cannot effectively transport lymph fluid. When transport is disrupted and excess fluid, known as lymph, cannot drain properly, swelling occurs. This swelling (or oedema) can be in any part of the body, most often in the arms and legs, but also the breast or chest wall, head and neck, or genitals.

Lymphoedema has no known cure but its symptoms can be managed to ensure it does not progress. It is important to understand the condition so you can manage your lymphoedema as effectively as possible.

¹ Source: Moffatt CJ, Keeley V, Franks PJ, Rich A, Pinnington L (2016) Chronic oedema: a prevalent health care problem for UK health services. Int Wound J DOI: 10.1111/iwj.12694

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