What is included in conservative management of managing lymphedema?

Updated: Mar 24, 2021
  • Author: Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Conservative measures for managing lymphedema include the following:

  • Maintenance of appropriate hygiene and skin care

  • Use of complex physical therapy (first-line treatment) [3] and compression stockings

  • Weight loss (if overweight)

  • Avoiding trauma

  • Avoiding constrictive clothing

  • Elevating affected limb


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