Lymphedema in China--experiences and prospects.


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Liu NF. Lymphedema in China--experiences and prospects. Lymphology. 2007;40(4):153-6.
The history of prevention and treatment of lymphedema in China is long. Filarial lymphedema was the most common type of the disease in the past with 5 million patients countrywide in the 1950's. Great efforts have gone into controlling filariasis during the past 50 years, and China now has essentially eliminated filariasis. In contrast to the reduction in filarial lymphedema, there has been a trend of increase in secondary lymphedema cases after malignant tumor surgery. Although there are no precise figures on the incidence of lymphedema nationwide, physicians and therapists are in great clinical demand. Traditional Chinese medicine has shown effectiveness for prevention and treatment of inflammation and alleviating swelling. The combination with Western medicine may offer improved methods for lymphedema treatment.