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Fundamentals of Lymphology and Lymphedema Diagnosis

presented by Steve Norton, CLT-LANA

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In this course, Steve Norton will discuss the fundamentals of lymphology and lymphedema diagnosis. The course will start with anatomy, describing the various physical structures that comprise the superficial deep lymphatic anatomy, including the functional attributes of lymph vessels and nodes and the process of uptake and transport of lymphatic fluid from the moment of formation until its return to the central blood circulation. This course will then move on to discuss the pathophysiology and diagnosis of lymphedema. The user will understand lymphedema as a pathology and appreciate the importance of accurate staging of lymphedema for proper interventions.

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Steve Norton, CLT-LANA

Steve was certified in 1993 in Manual Lymph Drainage and Complete Decongestive Therapy through Lerner Lymphedema Services, PC the first fully specialized lymphedema treatment facility in the United States. He became the Chief Therapist of the Lerner Lymphedema Services, P.C. clinics located in Princeton, NJ, Manhattan, NYC and New Brunswick, NJ from 1994-1999. Over this…

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1. Anatomy

This chapter provides a foundational overview of the lymphatic system by describing various physical structures that comprise the superficial and deep lymphatic anatomy. Participants will learn about the unique functional attributes of lymph vessels and nodes, and will gain the tools necessary to recite the clinically relevant drainage pathways within the superficial and deep divisions of the lymphatic system.

2. Physiology and Pathophysiology

Steve Norton provides an overview of the physiology and pathophysiology of the lymph system, in which he discusses the formation of edema and the insufficiencies of the lymphatic system. Upon completion, participants will understand transport capacity, lymphatic load, functional reserve and lymph time volume, as well as the etiology of high protein, low protein and mixed edema.

3. Lymphedema Diagnosis and Differential Diagnosis

The focus of this chapter is to understand lymphedema as a pathology, and explain the characteristics that make it a unique clinical presentation. Participants will come to appreciate the importance of accurate staging of lymphedema in order to intervene with therapy, as well as to differentiate characteristics of clinical presentations other than lymphedema that may involve edema.

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