Posted on Apr 19, 2022
Lymphedema is an accumulation of protein-rich fluid in the interstitial spaces due to blockage or malfunction of the lymph system, or surgical removal of lymph nodes. It affects around 40% of patients after breast cancer surgery. Incidence goes on increasing from 12 to 30 to 60 months post surgery. The impaired fluid drainage from lymph vessels of the upper limb due to lymph node dissection during surgery results in interstitial tissue space flooding.
Symptoms of Lymphedema
Who are at risk of developing Lymphedema?
Persons having previous orthopaedic issues, increased BMI and heart disease needing medication are more prone to develop lymphedema after breast cancer surgery.
Treatment and Management of Lymphedema: