Lymphedema pp 287-293 | Cite as

Upper Limb Lymphedema

  • Robert J. Damstra


Within the realm of lymphatic disease treatment, there are many therapeutic interventions available, as highlighted in previous chapters. Treatment of lymphedema (LE) is very challenging. Therapeutic options in LE include conservative and operative modalities and should be individualized with regard to the circumstances of the patient and the lymphedema by a multidisciplinary approach. These circumstances include age, comorbidities, prognosis of (malignant) disease, psychosocial aspects, and physical potential. The goals for conservative treatment are to eliminate edema by reducing interstitial fluid accumulation and to stimulate lymphatic propulsion by compression.


Volume Reduction Intermittent Pneumatic Compression Interface Pressure Compression Therapy Manual Lymph Drainage 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert J. Damstra
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Dermatology, Phlebology and Lympho-Vascular MedicineNij Smellinghe HospitalDrachtenThe Netherlands

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