Story Check Lymphedema is a chronic inflammatory disease of the connective tissue that mostly affects the lower extremities. Medicine differentiates four stages (0 – III).
- If lymphedema is detected early, it can be treated effectively with complex decongestive therapy (CDT).
- This treatment includes manual lymphatic drainage, skin care, compression therapy, and exercise. Close networking and cooperation between physician, physical therapist, medical supply retailer, and patient are crucial for success.
- Furthermore, it is important to raise awareness about the condition among medical staff and nurses so the condition can be diagnosed and CDT can be started early.