Coping with Lymphedema

Coping with Lymphedema

by Swirsky
     
 

An estimated 100 million people around the world suffer from this lifelong condition, a result of damage to the lymphatic system. It causes extreme swelling of a limb or other part of the body along with pain, immobility, disfigurement, an increased susceptibility to infection, and a variety of other symptoms that make many people feel self-conscious and depressed.

Overview

An estimated 100 million people around the world suffer from this lifelong condition, a result of damage to the lymphatic system. It causes extreme swelling of a limb or other part of the body along with pain, immobility, disfigurement, an increased susceptibility to infection, and a variety of other symptoms that make many people feel self-conscious and depressed.

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Library Journal
Lymphedema is a chronic disorder of the lymph system causing the naturally occurring lymph fluid to accumulate as "swelling that can make an arm, leg, or other body part as much as two, three, four, or even more times its normal size." It does not discriminate by age or gender and can be congenital or acquired. It can also be a complication in postmastectomy or postlumpectomy cancer patients. Physicians frequently underestimate its occurrence and fail to educate patients in terms of prevention. Many doctors also lack the depth of knowledge needed to prescribe effective therapy. Swirsky, a nurse, and Nannery, a lyphedema patient, have combined their talents to write a much-needed, highly readable, detailed explanation of lymphedema, its complications, and its treatment--including diet, garments, pumps, manual lymph drainage therapy, and exercise. An extensive list of therapeutic resources, support groups, and readings as well as guidelines on choosing a lymphedema therapist are included. Recommended for all public libraries and hospital consumer health collections.--Lisa McCormick, Jewish Hosp. Lib., Cincinnati

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780895298560
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/28/1998
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
384,531
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.78(d)
Age Range:
18 - 14 Years

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