This lecture offers vital information for therapists to establish the source of a patient’s edema before proceeding with comprehensive decongestive therapy. Treatment may be quite different if the edema is due to an underlying disease or condition rather than lymphedema.
This course will discuss the data that should be analyzed to determine the source of unilateral or bilateral edema including specific measures, lab values, and a patient’s past medical history. Using a sample case of a patient with bilateral edema, the course will go step-by-step through the evaluation process used to determine how aggressively to treat the edema or whether the patient should instead be referred to their primary care provider. You’ll also be taught the prediction rules used to determine if a patient’s unilateral edema might be due to a deep venous thrombosis (DVT) rather than lymphedema.
Klose Training and Consulting, LLC is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID# 6530. This distance learning- independent is offered at 0.3 CEUs, intermediate, Professional Issues – Contemporary Issues and Trends The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.
- Identify diseases that can cause edema that is not due to lymphedema.
- Recognize which lab values can be used to identify diseases that can cause bilateral edema.
- List what data to convey when you need to make a referral.
Jennifer Ryan, PT, MS, DPT, CCS., Differential Diagnosis: Identifying the Etiology of Edema
Jennifer Ryan has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
NOTE: It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the skills acquired in this class are within their scope of practice.
To receive a Certificate of Completion, the student must be a licensed health care professional and watch all video portions of the course, pass an online quiz with a score of 80% or better, and return the required documents specified in the course. The Certificate will then be emailed to the student.