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A Pit in My Stomach - 3/18/2009
You are treating a patient status post Colles fx. And the patient presents with edema as indicated in this photo. What type of edema is this and how might you treat this edema.

Moderators Response:
This is pitting edema. It is soft and mobile as evidenced by the fingerprint impression seen in the center of the dorsal hand. This edema should be addressed with wrapping a glove or some sort of compression after MEM or retrograde massage is performed. It is critical to reduce this type of edema in the early stages before it progresses to brawny edema which is much harder to treat.
 
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3/23/2009
Anonymous
Pitting edema-Education in elevation, self manual edema massage/retrograde massage, ice. Edema glove/sleeve, ROM ex's
3/23/2009
Anonymous
Pitting edema; retrograde massage, contrast baths and compression
3/25/2009
priya
pitting type of edema, active movements,elevation, intermittent compression devices to reduce edema
4/15/2009
Anonymous
post surgical pitting.elevation even if its just elbow on table/hand in the air, tendon glides/rom exercises, self massage, education on edema control and desensitization
4/23/2009
Anonymous
Manual oedema Massage
5/13/2009
Anonymous
pitting. try warming the area slightly and doing lyph massage tech with cpmpression and refer to chronic edema specialist
5/28/2009
Anonymous
compressive glove
11/12/2011
Anonymous
pitting edema, retrograde massage
 
     
   
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