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Pathology Of The Lymphatic System

Written by Amy Hall
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The Pathology of the Lymphatic System

Pathology of the lymphatic system has to do with studying the diseases and malformations that take place within this system. For example, lymphedema is a disease that has either primary or secondary causes, and it makes specific areas of the body, (usually the legs or arms) swell up and become distorted. This condition is debilitating and makes every day tasks quite difficult for people who suffer with it.

Primary lymphedema is often caused by a birth defect that sometimes has no known cause. Secondary lymphedema is often the result of some sort of trauma or surgery. Post-surgery patients who had lymph nodes removed can develop lymphedema as a result of the lymphatic system being compromised. Secondary lymphedema also occurs from radiation, abdominal surgery, hysterectomy, prostate cancer, or trauma to these areas.

Getting Help with Manual Lymph Drainage and Complete Decongestive Therapy

MLD and CDT is the treatment of choice for patients suffering from lymphedema. Lymphedema is the condition that arises when the lymphatic system does not work properly, due to missing or impaired lymph nodes. Swelling of a limb (arms or legs) and/or the upper or lower trunk, are results of lymphedema.

Certified therapists who have studied the pathology of the lymphatic system, understand how MLD can help patients. This treatment involves massage that is done by applying gentle strokes to certain areas of the body that stimulate lymph fluid flow through the lymph vessels. The patient is also taught drainage exercises to do at home, and they are educated on the proper skin and nail care they should be maintaining in order to avoid infection.

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