Lymphedema diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up from the view point of physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists


BORMAN P.

TURKISH JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL MEDICINE AND REHABILITATION, vol.64, no.3, pp.179-197, 2018 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 64 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.5606/tftrd.2018.3539
  • Title of Journal : TURKISH JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL MEDICINE AND REHABILITATION
  • Page Numbers: pp.179-197

Abstract

Lymphedema is an incurable, debilitating and progressive condition, leading to physical and psychosocial consequences for the patients, if left untreated. The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR) specialist is responsible for the differential diagnosis and evaluation of the patient to tailor management and rehabilitation strategies. Therefore, the PMR specialist must have knowledge and education on the diagnosis of disease and possible complications as well as evaluation, treatment and follow-up of the patient. In this review, the pathophysiology, epidemiology, and diagnostic and therapeutic approaches of lymphedema as well as preventive strategies and follow-up strategies are discussed in the light of the current literature.