Non-cancer-related lymphoedema of the lower limb
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Non-cancer-related lymphoedema of the lower limb

Delia C Keen District nurse, Carmarthenshire NHS Trust, Carmarthenshire

Lymphoedema is an incurable, progressive condition causing pain, psychological distress and mobility difficulties. Excessive swelling, worsening skin breakdown and leakage of lymph adversely affect the patient’s quality of life while also placing increasing demands on district nursing resources. This article reviews the prevalence of non-cancer-related lower limb lymphoedema, the patient experience, management of the condition and district nurses’ knowledge in this area.

Nursing Standard. 22, 24, 53-61. doi: 10.7748/ns2008.


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