Complete Decongestive Therapy

Complete decongestive therapy (CDT) is a noninvasive treatment for lymphedema. It can be helpful in managing chronic swelling from lymphedema that does not go away on its own, and help avoid some of the complications that come from living with lymphedema. Complete decongestive therapy has two distinct phases: intensive therapy and maintenance therapy. The therapy includes a variety of techniques, including manual lymphatic drainage, compression, exercise and skin care. It can be used alone, or in conjunction with other therapies, to improve symptoms and quality of life for children with lymphatic conditions.

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