Understanding and Managing Chronic Swelling
Edema, or swelling, occurs when an abnormal buildup of fluid occurs in the body. Mild, temporary edema can be caused by many factors, but lasting edema may be a sign of a more serious underlying medical condition. At Tactile Medical, we make it our mission to empower patients with tools to better care for their chronic conditions at home. Please download our Patient Guide to Understanding and Managing Chronic Swelling.
Chronic Edema: Not just a venous issue
Is chronic edema just a symptom of CVI? Evidence supports treating the lymphatics of patients with chronic swelling in parallel with treating their venous conditions.
10 Things I Want My Physician to Know about Lymphedema
As you know, lymphedema is a chronic disease without a cure. But you may not be fully aware of the devastating physical and emotional toll this painful, debilitating disease can take on your patients. This handout spells this out from the patient perspective. It was created by a group of patients who sometimes feel they are part of an “invisible population” suffering from a condition that robs them of the joy of living.
Fluid Dynamics Overview Handout
Many patients with chronic edema are not aware of the critical relationship between the lymphatic and vascular systems. This resource depicts this venolymphatic connection and we hope you find it useful in conversations with your patients.
About Lymphedema Infographic
Although widespread in the U.S., fewer than 20% of those living with lymphedema are actually diagnosed. The disconnect may be a lack of understanding of lymphedema as it relates to other medical conditions, and/or practitioner perception that treatment is complicated, ineffective and time consuming. To help bridge this gap and drive improved outcomes for patients, it is imperative for practitioners to understand the early presentations of lymphedema as a secondary condition—commonly chronic venous insufficiency, cancer and its treatments or trauma. For patients presenting with pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or cancer, treatment of lymphedema is often overlooked as a priority. With more than 5 million Americans suffering with this progressive and incurable condition, it is essential to drive earlier diagnosis and treatment of the condition in order to prevent late-stage complications.
Lymphedema (LE) occurs when there is impairment to the lymphatic system, disrupting normal transport of fluid within the body. When the lymphatic system becomes overwhelmed, damaged, or blocked for an extended period of time, lasting swelling (referred to as chronic…
The Revised Starling Principle
In 2004, Adamson and colleagues revealed that the effect of capillary oncotic pressure on transvascular fluid exchange is substantially less than predicted from the original Starling model. This discovery prompted a 2010 revision of the Starling principle by Levick…
Vein Magazine Insights: Helping lymphedema patients help themselves
A proper diagnosis of lymphedema frequently marks the beginning of a patient’s journey toward effective self-management. In light of this, we are pleased to share an article recently published in Vein Magazine. In it, Darren Wennen shares clinical insights and…
It’s estimated that more than 5 million Americans suffer from lymphedema. That’s more than muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and AIDS combined. Sadly, lymphedema often goes undiagnosed, and the patient journey toward effective treatment is…
Chronic Leg Swelling Due to Under-Recognized Pelvic Vascular Disorders
Chronic swelling conditions Chronic swelling conditions are far more widespread than clinicians may realize and, oftentimes, may present as symptoms of other systemic, vascular disorders. Renowned vascular specialist and pelvic pain expert, Dr. Vinay Satwah, shares…
Lymphatic Education & Research Network’s (LE&RN) 2017 Walk to Fight Lymphedema & Lymphatic Diseases
Edema, or swelling, occurs when an abnormal buildup of fluid occurs in the body. Mild, temporary edema can be caused by many factors, but lasting edema may be a sign of a more serious underlying medical condition. At Tactile Medical, we make it our mission to…