Indications for Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) and Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT)

Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Combined Decongestive Therapy can be effective for the following conditions:

cancer related lymphedema

  • breast
  • gynecological cancer (ovarian, uterine, vulvar)
  • prostate
  • testicular and colon cancer
  • cancers of the head, neck or face
  • melanoma

surgical/trauma related lymphedema

  • coronary artery bypass graft (leg lymphedema due to harvest of the saphenous vein)
  • gastric bypass surgery
  • multiple abdominal surgeries
  • multiple joint replacement surgeries
  • crush injuries to legs
  • cosmetic surgery/liposuction
  • tattooing
  • sports injuries

venous related lymphedema

  • deep vein thrombosis and post- thrombotic syndrome
  • lympho-venous insufficiencies (often with a chronic wound)
  • post arterial-venous grafting
  • multiple vein stripping surgeries

impaired muscle/joint pump related lymphedema

  • multiple sclerosis
  • stroke
  • cerebral palsy
  • spina-bifida


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