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are there important dietary concerns for people with lymphedema?

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Dr. Kathryn Wagner
31 years experience General Surgery
Not much: Not much is really in the literature. I tell my patients to limit salt to decrease fluid retention in general. Really it's the exercises and massage that will help the most.
Answered on Oct 10, 2012
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Dr. Paul Harper
Dr. Paul Harper commented
52 years experience General Surgery
It really depends on the cause: parasites, heart failure, cacncer and more. Generally exercise and massage helps.
Jan 13, 2012
Dr. Khashayar Salartash
29 years experience Vascular Surgery
No: Lymphedema is a long term problem that needs long term management to be truly successful. Manual lymphatic drainage and compression therapy are the mainstays of treatment.
Answered on Sep 22, 2016
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