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Managing chronic oedema in community settings

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Managing chronic oedema in community settings

Ioan Humphreys, Karen Morgan, Melanie Thomas
31 August 2017

The term chronic oedema acts as an umbrella description of abnormal swelling of tissues which lasts for more than 3 months, regardless of whether the aetiology is lymphatic or venous in origin. There are a number of causes of chronic oedema, including dependency oedema, that is to say oedema associated with inactivity and immobility, venous oedema (swelling mainly caused by the vascular insufficiency) and lymphoedema, a chronic swelling due to lymphatic failure.

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