September 2000 Edition
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Lymphedema & Recurrent Cellulitis
We have had several questions concerning the cause, prevention and treatment of cellulitis. For example, a 32 year old woman was diagnosed with lymphedema in 1998. Since developing lymphedema, she has been hospitalized 5 times for cellulitis in the leg with lymphedema. She has been hospitalized for 1 to 3 weeks with each infection and has become allergic to penicillin. These recurrent infections are very disruptive to her life and she has become understandably frustrated and is searching for a permanent tr
eatment. Unfortunately, the swelling stretches the tissue making the skin more susceptible to infection. In addition, the edematous tissue and lymphatic obstruction prevents adequate tissue drainage and compromises the immune system. As a result, people with lymphedema are at high risk of infection.
Many of you have probably already navigated through our new web site. We have grown tremendously over the last few years and so has our web site which contains information on the cause and treatment of lymphedema, a bulletin board, referral sources, surveys, product information, patients support services and the Chronicles. As a result of the growth of our site, I felt that it was time for an overhaul and I am pleased with the new format. Come by for a visit and drop a line of support to those who have pos
ted their personal stories in the Lymphedema Chronicles.
Tony Reid MD Ph.D
Case of the Month
Lymphedema Case Study D.W.
Currently, DW is undergoing treatment for his left lower extremity lymphedema. This patient has chosen to use the ReidSleeve Classic for his left lower extremity secondary to the success he experienced with the right lower extremity. Bandages will be used when sleeve is sent back in for alteration. Patient's weight on September 1, 2000 was 361.6 lbs.
Just a reminder to stop by and say hello and pick up your free Lymphedema Alert medical wristband should you be attending this year's National Lymphedema Network Conference next week in Orlando Florida!