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...

Community Nurses

Welcome to the community nurses’ page. Working in the community, you will encounter a wide range of patients who present with long-term swelling, some of these will be chronic oedema, some will be lymphoedema and others will be palliative oedema or palliative...

Best Practice for Cellulitis with Lymphoedema

Distinguishing between ‘red legs’ and cellulitis in these patients can be difficult (Cellulitis or Red Legs Flowchart). However once established, the following may be a useful guide. The British Lymphology Society and The Lymphoedema Support network...

Physiotherapists

Welcome to the physiotherapists’ pages.  Physiotherapists will see patients with a variety of oedemas depending on the cause of swelling. These pages have been divided into subheadings for physiotherapy treatment options of Cancer-related oedema and Non-cancer-related...

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...

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....

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...