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    Lymphoedema is a form of swelling and tissue change due to insufficiency of the lymphatic system

    signs and symptoms:

    • heaviness, aching, feeling of fullness

    • tight clothing/jewelry

    • change in skin texture

    • observable swelling

    body parts affected:

    • arms & hands

    • legs & feet

    • head & neck

    • chest & trunk

    • genitals

    causes:

    • due to an inherited or congenital deficiency of the lymphatic system

    • following removal of or trauma/ treament to lymph nodes (frequently following breast, gynae, skin and prostate cancers)

    treatment includes:

    • exercise, including breathing exercises

    • lymph massage

    • bandaging

    • compression garments

    • kinesiotaping

    • education about risk reduction and lifestyle modification