Wound Care Management of a Patient with Stage III Lymphedema

Authors

  • Diane Dudas Sheehan ND APN FNP-BC


Abstract

Purpose

The sequelae for patients living with stage III lymphedema, including immobility, functional impairment, isolation and emotional burden, that affect quality of life are highlighted.

Method

The case patient's medical history upon initial evaluation, descriptive wound characteristics and treatment plan are described in detail.

Results

A comprehensive treatment regimen resolved the patient's wound.

Discussion

The definition, staging and prevalence of lymphedema are reviewed.

Conclusion

Successful lymphedema wound treatment includes working with experienced healthcare providers, management of wound drainage and odor, the use of higher pressure compression, and complying with lifestyle changes.

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