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Lymphedema Care

Lymphedema is a progressive disease, caused by proteins and fluid building up in an area of the body. Primary lymphedema is congenital, and secondary is due to trauma to the lymphatic system.

While lymphedema cannot be cured, it can be managed. It is possible for a swollen limb to be reduced to the same size as the unaffected limb with complete decongestive therapy and ongoing self-care with good hygiene, self-manual lymph drainage (MLD), compression garments and exercise. 

Certified Lymphedema Management

Akron Children’s offers lymphedema care at the Akron campus, provided by a physical therapist who is certified in lymphedema management (CLT/certified lymphedema therapist). Care and/or education is available for patients of all ages. A physician referral is required.

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To learn more about lymphedema care for your child, call Akron Children’s Rehabilitative Services at 330-543-8257.

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Rehabilitative Services
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Rehabilitative Services, Akron
Akron Children's Hospital
214 West Bowery Street
2nd floor - Orange Elevator
Akron, Ohio 44308
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Akron Children’s has a number of safety protocols in place for our patients and visitors in order to provide a safe hospital environment.

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Checking In and Screening of Visitors

Akron Children's now offers Mobile Check-in to limit your exposure to others. You'll receive a text an hour before your child's appointment arrival time. Click the link in the text when you reach the Akron Children's facility for your child's appointment. You will receive a confirmation text that reminds you to wait in your car. Once we determine appropriate spacing is available inside the building, you'll receive a third text to let you know it's OK to come in for your appointment.

Immediately upon entering the building, your temperature will be taken, either by a thermal scanner or a greeter who will also ask you a few questions.

If you are in a waiting room, you’ll notice signs and a limited number of chairs. This is to remind our patients to keep 6 feet of physical distance between your family and others.

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Call your child’s healthcare professional if your child is sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing and has been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. Your health care professional will work with Ohio’s public health department and the CDC to determine if your child needs to be tested for COVID-19.

View all the safety precautions Akron Children's is taking.