This community is for individuals interested in learning about lymphoedema. Themes include what lymphoedema is, how it can be treated, what type of professionals offer treatment, and how people have lived with it out in the community.
BLS gratefully acknowledge the contribution of Dr Malou van Zanten, Senior Research Practitioner in Lymphovascular Medicine and Dr Bernard Ho, Clinical Fellow in Dermatology and Lymphovascular Medicine, both at St George’s University Hospital London, to the production of this Lymph Fact Sheet.
The aim of this document is to provide: 1. Practical information for clinical decision-making for health care professionals managing lymphoedema. 2. Key principles for practice. 3. When to safely apply compression in the presence of acute DVT.
This is the second Lymph Fact Sheet addressing lymphoedema following treatment for head and neck cancer. Life-long risk reducing activities for patients at risk of lymphoedema in the head and neck have already been described and this fact sheet focuses on the identification, impact and different management strategies used for lymphoedema in the head and neck region. It’s intended to support lymphoedema practitioners who may be referred this group of patients for management of their swelling.
Contributors: Professor Peter Mortimer. Professor of Dermatology and Lymphovascular Medicine. Dr Kristiana Gordon. Consultant of Dermatology and Lymphovascular Medicine. Professor Derek Macallan. Professor of Infectious Diseases and Medicine. Professor Sahar Mansour. Professor of Clinical Genetics. Professor Vaughan Keeley. Professor of Palliative Medicine and Lymphoedema. Katie Riches. Lead Research Nurse in Lymphoedema, Breast Cancer and Palliative Medicine. Dr Julian Pearce. Dermatology Registrar and Academic Clinical Fellow.
Beverley de Valois PhD LicAc FBAcC MBLS About the Author Beverley de Valois qualified as an acupuncturist in 1999, is a Fellow of the British Acupuncture Council, and was awarded a PhD in 2007. She is a researcher with a special interest in investigating how acupuncture can be used to support cancer survivors, and has conducted many preliminary studies in the Supportive Oncology Research Team (SORT), East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre. She was Chair of the British Lymphology Society Scientific Committee from 2017-2020.
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This topic talks about peripheral oedema or leg swelling and the potential causes of why it happens. Leg swelling generally happens as a result of accumulation of excess fluid in the leg beneath the skin between the cells (called the interstitial space). It can be in one leg or both. Oedema can be generalised or affecting the whole body or just the legs. This article talk about oedema affecting the legs only. Leg oedema can be separated medically into 'pitting' and 'non-pitting'. The basic difference is that in 'pitting oedema' if you press continuously on a bony bit of the leg, a dip occurs where you press. This fills up again slowly when you release the pressure.