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Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, Vol.24 No.3-4 February 2013. -

Lymphedema is the excessive accumulation of protein-rich fluid in the interstitium,

causing chronic inflammation and reactive fibrosis of the affected tissue. It occurs

as a result of failure of the lymphatic system. Although the condition is usually

incurable, it is possible to control with the complex therapeutic approach. In the

breast cancer patients lymphedema is the secondary type due to obstruction or

injury of the lymphatic system with therapeutic procedures and - or because of the

cancer. Incidence and clinical features depend on the modalities of treatment, the

degree of local lymphatic damage and compensatory ability of the lymphatic system.

According to the clinical features lymphedema can be: benign, malignant, acute,

chronic. According to the time period after oncological therapy are given four types,

according to the anatomical and pathological changes in four stages, according to the

voluminous three stages. Lymphedema as a chronic condition reduces the quality of

life because of the consequences that can be physical biomechanical changes in the

shoulder girdle, cervical and - or thoracic spine, posture disorder, brachial plexus

lesions, inflammatory lesions, carpal tunnel syndrome, pain, fatigue, psychosocial,

spiritual and professional character. Therefore, the treatment of lymphoedema

is the part of the cancer rehabilitation. Basic lymphedema treatment is Complex

Decongestive Therapy CDT.

breast cancer; sequelae; lymphoedema; rehabilitation; quality of life



Author: Nada KRALJEVIĆ - ; Klinika za reumatologiju, fizikalnu medicinu i rehabilitaciju, Klinička jedinica za rehabilitaciju onkološk

Source: http://hrcak.srce.hr/



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