Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA. dsheehan@luriechildren's.org
The sequelae for patients living with stage III lymphedema, including immobility, functional impairment, isolation and emotional burden, that affect quality of life are highlighted.
The case patient's medical history upon initial evaluation, descriptive wound characteristics and treatment plan are described in detail.
A comprehensive treatment regimen resolved the patient's wound.
The definition, staging and prevalence of lymphedema are reviewed.
Successful lymphedema wound treatment includes working with experienced healthcare providers, management of wound drainage and odor, the use of higher pressure compression, and complying with lifestyle changes.