Clinical Pearl No. 70 - Oct. 2021

Is It Edema or Lymphedema?

Karol S. Young, OTD, OTR/L, CHT

How do you determine if lymphedema is present in a patient who has a history of breast cancer or who has had a significant injury to the upper extremity with prolonged or uncharacteristic swelling? In recognition of October as breast cancer awareness month, we collaborated with Sarah B. Compton, MSRS-PT, CLT to better understand how to identify early-stage lymphedema and to learn some early treatment techniques to use perhaps as your patient awaits referral to a lymphedema specialist.

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