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Lymphoedema: Diagnosis

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 219493, tabled on 11 February 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps his Department has taken to improve early diagnosis of lymphoedema.

Answered on

14 February 2019

No specific assessment of the availability of lymphoedema services has been made. The commissioning of services for the treatment and care of lymphoedema patients is a local matter.

People with lymphoedema can usually be managed through routine access to primary or secondary care services. A range of guidance is available for the diagnosis, treatment and care for people with lymphoedema. This includes an international consensus document on best practice and guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

Further information can be found at the following links:

www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ipg588

www.woundsinternational.com/resources/details/bioimpedance-analysis-in-the-assessment-of-lymphoedema-diagnosis-and-management

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Department of Health and Social Care
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