Lymphedema and Wound Management: Differential Diagnosis Tool
The differential diagnosis of lymphedema includes both primary and secondary lymphedema, as well as lipedema. Management of lymphedema consists of compression therapy, manual lymph drainage, and other measures to reduce fluid buildup in the extremities. It is crucial for health care providers to understand the causes and risks of lymphedema and to have ready access to evidence-based methods for lymphedema prevention, diagnosis, and management.
This useful chart provides side-by-side comparisons of primary lymphedema, secondary lymphedema, and lipedema—demographic associations, clinical presentations, and origins. Lymphedema-specific diagnostic tests, classification, management techniques, general wound care principles, and a list of suggested readings are also included.
The following topics are covered in this guide:
This aid to the differential diagnosis and management of lymphedema was created for professionals in wound care and lymphedema care. The chart is a concise reference that will facilitate best practice care of patients with lymphedema and of those at risk for this condition.