Understanding poor lymphatic function and how to improve it: revisiting old facts and examining new leads to help wounds heal

Published on October 7, 2014   42 min
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This talk is about understanding poor lymphatic function and how, when we improve it, we can actually help wounds heal.
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One of the most important things is to understand the difference between lymphoedema and oedema. On the left, we see lymphoedema. Lymphoedema is when surgery or some other process, has damaged the lymphatic system. Up to 80% of its functional capacity can be damaged, and yet still, a lymphoedema or a tissue swelling may not appear. That´s because there is a large reserve capacity. And you can see that clearly, on the slide, on the left. It´s only when the load becomes greater than the transport, that swelling will occur, in that particular area. If we look on the right side, we see what oedema is. Oedema is, when the lymphatic system, even when it´s working at 100%, can´t remove the weighting load. So there is a vast difference between the two of them. It´s important to understand that.
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Before we look at wound healing, we've really got to understand about the lymphatic system and what its consequences are when it's not working properly. And there's all sorts of reasons why it may be not working properly-- genetics, that is primary lymphoedemas; surgery; radiotherapy; soft tissue damage; or pressure on our lymphatic system.
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Understanding poor lymphatic function and how to improve it: revisiting old facts and examining new leads to help wounds heal

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