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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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Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Rehabilitative Services, Akron
Akron Children's Hospital
214 West Bowery Street
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Akron, Ohio 44308
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