Compression Therapy Using Low Cost Materials for Managing Different Grades of Lymphoedema in India
Lymphoedema and especially secondary lymphoedema resulting from lymphatic filariasis are endemic in India. Extraordinary limb swelling, chronic wounds and pain are among the sequel of this condition. Treatment of this condition is dependent on a good diagnosis and, appropriate compression as developed by a dedicated team of professionals at the Institute of Applied Dermatology in Kasargod, India. This chapter describes the diagnosis and treatment of secondary lymphoedema from filariasis with evidence and assesses the benefits and limitations of its current practice.
KeywordsLymphoedema Chronic limb swelling Skin wounds Lymphatic Filariasis Integrated medicine
We thank our patients who have given written consent to use their photographs in this chapter. Our sincere thanks to Prof. Rajgopal Mani, editor of this book for his valuable comments that helped to improve this chapter. Ms. Aneesha AR, dermatology nurse at Institute of Applied Dermatology has searched the photos from our server.
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