Compression Therapy in Lymphoedema

  • V. K. Shukla
  • Vivek Srivastava


Lymphoedema is a distressing condition due to accumulation of excess of lymph into intertstitial space causing not only unsightly swelling but also its complications of skin and psychological adverse effects. Lymphoedema may be primary, as a result of a genetic abnormality, or secondary, as a result of injury, including non-accidental injury, or following treatments such as radiotherapy and/or surgery. Compression therapy is the mainstay of lymphoedema management as this condition is rarely curable and has high chances of relapse. Thus selection of appropriate compression therapy both for the amelioration of acute condition and maintenance of remission is needed. The specific indications of the type of compression required and its specific contraindication for use must be kept in mind so that treatment adherence can be ensured.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. K. Shukla
    • 1
  • Vivek Srivastava
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of General SurgeryInstitute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu UniversityVaranasiIndia

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