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Lymphoedema - a chronic disease, not a side effect

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Jessica Leighton ,

Newcastle University, GB
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Lesley Holmes,

St Benedict's Hospice, GB
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Ann Thompson,

St Benedict's Hospice, GB
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Mark Lee

St Benedict's Hospice, GB
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Abstract

Lymphoedema, soft tissue swelling resulting from obstruction of the lymphatic drainage system, is a chronic illness with immense physical and psychological impact on a patient’s life. Management, while conservative, can be life changing when approached by a co-ordinated multidisciplinary team. Although some patients with lymphoedema will require minimal support, it is vital that patients and healthcare professionals are vigilant for rare but serious complications.
How to Cite: Leighton J, Holmes L, Thompson A, Lee M. Lymphoedema - a chronic disease, not a side effect. The British Student Doctor Journal. 2020;4(2):60–3. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18573/bsdj.137
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Published on 30 Jun 2020.
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