Strategy for lymphoedema care

British Lymphology Society


  • The British Lymphology Society is a registered charity whose objects are to advance education and knowledge in the field of lymphology and related subjects; to foster interest in and co-ordinate a strategy for improving the management of chronic oedema, particularly lymphoedema; to produce and maintain a register of specialist centres in the United Kingdom and Ireland and to benefit patients by improving the knowledge, expertise and skills of health care professionals treating them
  • These standards are produced to provide a benchmark for all healthcare professionals and commissioners when providing care for people with lymphoedema
  • Lymphoedema arises when the lymphatic system inadequately fulfils its function of regulating fluid balance in tissue spaces. This results in oedema or swelling, which may occur anywhere in the body, but most commonly affects the limbs. It also causes changes in the skin and body tissues, which do not occur in other chronic oedemas. Lymphoedema may be classified as Primary or Secondary

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