Lymphedema pp 381-385 | Cite as

Current Dilemmas and Controversy

  • Byung-Boong Lee
  • James Laredo
  • Richard F. Neville


The ideal treatment for the lymphedematous limb should restore both function and a normal cosmetic appearance regardless of its etiology. Unfortunately, it is impossible to achieve these goals with the currently available treatment modalities.1

Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) – based complex decongestive therapy (CDT)2-4 has long been accepted as the mainstay of treatment in the contemporary management of chronic lymphedema. Its clinical validity and its legitimacy is reviewed in two additional Sections VII and VIII – total 13 chapters altogether – ­supporting its role as the de facto leader in contemporary lymphedema management.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Byung-Boong Lee
    • 1
  • James Laredo
  • Richard F. Neville
  1. 1.Department of Surgery, Division of Vascular SurgeryGeorge Washington University School of MedicineWashingtonUSA

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