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therapists must assess the extent of edema, precautions that apply to any particular compression device and the amount of home care support available. Specific compression configurations and product lines are beyond the scope of this article, but many can be obtained through plastic surgery compression product distributors.

To decide the best course of action and a safe daily regime, therapists must assess the extent of edema, precautions that apply to any particular compression device and the amount of home care support available.

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In conclusion, profound improvement is possible for a large portion of this patient population. Early intervention with a trained rehabilitation professional or lymphedema therapist knowledgeable in HNL are key factors to successful intervention. LP

edema. Lymphology. Jun;42(2):51-60. 4. Weissleder, H., Schuchhardt, C. Lymphedema Diagnosis and Therapy. 4th ed. Viavital Verlag, Essen 2008. 264-273 5. Foeldi M., Strossenreuther R., Foundations of Manual Lymph Drainage. 3rd edition. Elsevier, 2005

References 1. Foeldi’s Textbook of Lymphology. For Physicians and Lymphedema Therapists, 3rd edition. Elsevier, Munich, Germany, 2012. 2. Smith B. Head and neck lymphedema In: Zuther, J., Norton, S., 3rd ed. Lymphedema management; The comprehensive guide for practitioners. Thieme; Stuttgart, Germany, 2013: 191-208. 3. Consensus Document of the International Society of Lymphology (2009). The diagnosis and treatment of peripheral lymph-

A full set of references can be found at www.lymphedemapathways.ca Editor’s Note: Specialty courses in HNL treatment are offered by LANA-recognized schools, many who are advertised in this magazine. It is suggested to contact these schools and your provincial lymphedema association for a listing of certified lymphedema therapists and help in sourcing those specially trained in head and neck CDT.

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Pathways Winter 2015  
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