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Use of Compression Therapy in Patients with Lymphoedema

Hobday, Anita (2016) Use of Compression Therapy in Patients with Lymphoedema. Nursing Standard, 30 (27). pp. 50-60. ISSN 0029-6570

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Compression therapy is an effective and common approach to the management of lymphoedema, a chronic condition requiring long-term treatment. Lymphoedema is caused by the accumulation of fluid in soft tissue, resulting in swelling of the affected limb or area. Lymphoedema may be primary, as a result of a genetic abnormality, or secondary, as a result of injury, including non-accidental injury, or following treatments such as radiotherapy and/or surgery. The condition is characterised by a high protein oedema and secondary skin changes. This article outlines features of the various types of compression therapy used to treat patients with lymphoedema, including details of their application, effectiveness, indications and contraindications.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: compression, compression hosiery, compression therapy, exercise, lymphatic drainage, lymphoedema, oedema, radiotherapy, skin care, surgery, treatment
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
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Depositing User: Anita Hobday
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2019 17:23
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:31

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