Lymphoedema

Queensland Health lymphoedema clinical practice guideline 2014

“Lymphoedema is a chronic, progressive, high-protein form of oedema resulting from an abnormality in the lymphatic system.1 Lymphoedema is commonly defined as swelling or accumulation of fluid (lymph) containing protein, water and cell debris in the tissue space due to an imbalance between interstitial fluid production and transport capacity.2,3 Földi and Földi describe lymphoedema as a ‘chronic inflammatory lymphostatic disease caused by mechanical failure of the lymphatic system’ which can affect all regions of the body.1(p224)”

Source: Queensland Health lymphoedema clinical practice guideline 2014