Secondary Lymphoedema

Secondary lymphoedema is caused by damage of the lymphatic system. The main causes are: Lymph node removal for e.g treatment of cancer Radiotherapy to nodal areas Tumour blockage due to advanced disease Injury to large areas of skin e.g. burns, degloving injury...

Primary Lymphoedema

Primary lymphoedema is a chronic oedema caused by a developmental abnormality of the lymphatic system. Primary lymphoedema is rare, affecting approximately 1.15/100,000 of the  population less than 20 years of age. The development of primary lymphoedema may be...

Videos links for simple lymphatic drainage (SLD)

The University of Glasgow inconjunction with the Macmillan Lymphoedema Association (MLA) is happy to share these videos demonstrating one method of carrying out simple lymphatic drainage ( SLD) or self massage. The first 2 videos should be watched first and then the...

Differential Diagnosis of Lymphoedema

The differential diagnosis of lymphoedema from other chronic oedema and mixed oedema is based largely on a good history, but there are some investigations that would help differentiate and therefore direct patient care more appropriately. Quick flowchart...