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Lymphedema can usually be quickly diagnosed on the basis of a detailed anamnesis and a clinical examination (inspection, palpation).

Indications of lymphedema the consulting physician should heed are:

  • Skin colour is discoloured normal to light brown-grey
  • Tissue consistency is increased
  • Deep skin folds
  • In the early stages of edema skin indents when pressed and holds the indentation. This is no longer possible in the later stages
  • It is not possible to lift a skin fold from over the dorsum of the foot or fingers. Important: is this not possible, this is still not a clear indication that lymphedema exists.