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Evidence and tradition in conflict: The Swedish experience of lymphoedema treatment and care

Katarina Karlsson, Polymnia Nikolaidis
20 December 2013

<p>The basis of Swedish lymphoedema treatment programmes were first developed in Germany early last century. The treatment principles remained the same until recent years and are based on manual lymph drainage, compression, skin care, and exercise. However, our experience is that it is important to assess patients holistically and therefore other approaches to treatment may be better. We suggest that less emphasis be placed on manual lymph drainage and more on compression, exercise, and weight reduction.</p>

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