The assessment and management of lymphoedema
This chapter discusses the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of lymphoedema, which is an interruption in one of the homeostatic mechanisms of the body that leads to an abnormal collection of interstitial fluid. The chapter studies the lymphatic system in detail, before moving on to a discussion on primary and secondary lymphoedema. Clinical examination is the main way to diagnose lymphoedema. The chapter studies the physical interventions that can be applied during the early stages of lymphoedema, and breast malignancy as a cause of lymphoedema.
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