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Palliative Care Consultations in Advanced Breast Cancer$
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Sara Booth

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780198530756

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198530756.001.0001

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The assessment and management of lymphoedema

The assessment and management of lymphoedema

(p.51) Chapter 5 The assessment and management of lymphoedema
Palliative Care Consultations in Advanced Breast Cancer

Benedict Konzen

Ki Y. Shin

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of lymphoedema, which is an interruption in one of the homeostatic mechanisms of the body that leads to an abnormal collection of interstitial fluid. The chapter studies the lymphatic system in detail, before moving on to a discussion on primary and secondary lymphoedema. Clinical examination is the main way to diagnose lymphoedema. The chapter studies the physical interventions that can be applied during the early stages of lymphoedema, and breast malignancy as a cause of lymphoedema.

Keywords:   pathophysiology, treatment of lymphoedema, lymphatic system, primary lymphoedema, secondary lymphoedema, physical interventions, early stages, breast malignancy

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