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...

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...

MLPS

MACMILLAN LYMPHOEDEMA PROJECT FOR SCOTLAND – MLPS The two year Macmillan Funded Lymphoedema Project for Scotland was hosted by the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE).  The project came to an end in April 2014.  This webpage is now being...

Management of Chronic Oedema and Lymphoedema

Management of chronic oedema consists of identifying and eliminating risk factors where possible e.g. prolonged dependency, obesity, sedentary lifestyle. A combination of preventative and active therapy includes compression, skin care, exercise, healthy lifestyle....