What is the goal of therapy for lymphedema?

Updated: Mar 24, 2021
  • Author: Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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The goal of lymphedema therapy is to restore function, reduce physical and psychologic suffering, and prevent the development of infection. In secondary lymphedema, the underlying etiology (ie, neoplasm, infection) should also be properly treated, in order to relieve the lymphatic obstruction.


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