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Measuring Oedema

It has been said that if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it and no where is this more relevant than with oedema. How do you know if you are getting oedema after surgery if you can’t compare what you were like before to what you are like now?
Cancer Diagnosis
L-Dex Baseline
Primary Treatment
Follow Up L-Dex
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L-Dex Outside Normal Range
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L-Dex Increase of 10 units from baseline
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Clinical Assessment
Clinical Assessment
Early Intervention
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diagram of treatment procedure for cancer patients

How L-Dex measurements are used in Cancer Clients

We measure oedema in a number of ways but one of the most effective is using Bioimpedence Spectroscopy (BIS). Using BIS, we can establish a baseline for the fluid in your body and use that to compare against measurements taken during & after treatment. By comparing the readings, we can measure your risk of getting oedema and also how effective your oedema treatments are. BIS uses a measurement called L-Dex (you can find out more about L-Dex on the Bioimpedence page)
As you can see from the diagram, without an early measurement straight after diagnosis, it is difficult to gauge whether you are at risk of getting oedema as there would be nothing to compare your current body fluid make up with that before your treatment. Outside of cancer treatment, Bioimpedence has a role in testing for lipoedema. Lipoedema is a hereditary form of lymphoedema passed down through families. Getting the whole family tested provides a measure of their risk of getting oedema and allows us to plan for early intervention, stating treatment early so as to reduce the effect of lipoedema on the client over their life.
© Mandurah Oedema Clinic 2019

Measuring Oedema

We measure oedema in a number of ways but one of the most effective is using Bioimpedence Spectroscopy (BIS). Using BIS, we can establish a baseline for the fluid in your body and use that to compare against measurements taken during & after treatment. By comparing the readings, we can measure your risk of getting oedema and also how effective your oedema treatments are. BIS uses a measurement called L-Dex (you can find out more about L-Dex on the Bioimpedence page)
It has been said that if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it and no where is this more relevant than with oedema. How do you know if you are getting oedema after surgery if you can’t compare what you were like before to what you are like now?

How L-Dex measurements are used in Cancer

Clients

As you can see from the diagram, without an early measurement straight after diagnosis, it is difficult to gauge whether you are at risk of getting oedema as there would be nothing to compare your current body fluid make up with that before your treatment. Outside of cancer treatment, Bioimpedence has a role in testing for lipoedema. Lipoedema is a hereditary form of lymphoedema passed down through families. Getting the whole family tested provides a measure of their risk of getting oedema and allows us to plan for early intervention, stating treatment early so as to reduce the effect of lipoedema on the client over their life.
Mandurah Oedema Clinic
Mandurah Oedema Clinic