The lymphatic system accepts fluid from the extracellular tissue and transports it into the cirulatory system. Lymphedema develops when this process is impaired, resulting in retention of fluid and proteins with consequent swelling and hardening in the tissue.
Technology Description: The Flexitouch System is a programmable pneumatic compression device that is designed to increase transport of intersitial fluid from the periphery into the lymphatic transport system.
Clinical Alternatives: Alternative treatments include exercize, manual lymphatic drainage, or compression garments.
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