Adapting Lymphedema Treatment to the Palliative Setting

Andrea Lynne Cheville, Karen Andrews, Jenny Kollasch, Kenley Schmidt, Jeffrey Basford

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Objective: To review the benefits of adapting the complex techniques of formal lymphedema therapy to the more generalizedforms of edema often seen in the chronic disease and palliative care settings. Data Sources: Peer-reviewed literature and clinicalpractice. Conclusion: Lymphedema treatment modalities have much to offer beyond their well-characterized benefit in classicallymphedema. In modified forms, they may improve and lessen the burden of refractory edema originating from a diverse range ofcauses. Thoughtful planning and practice, however, are essential as an inadequate adaptation may result in unnecessary effort, injury for the patient, or an unsatisfactory outcome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)38-44
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2014


  • anasarca
  • arterial insufficiency
  • edema
  • lymphedema
  • pain
  • venous insufficiency
  • wounds

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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