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LIMPRINT: Estimation of the Prevalence of Lymphoedema/Chronic Oedema in Acute Hospital in In-Patients

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  1. Clinical and Ethical Challenges in Undertaking LIMPRINT in Vulnerable Populations

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  2. LIMPRINT: Prevalence of Chronic Edema in Health Services in Copenhagen, Denmark

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  3. LIMPRINT: The UK Experience-Subjective Control of Swelling in Patients Attending Specialist Lymphedema Services

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  4. LIMPRINT in Specialist Lymphedema Services in United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Turkey

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  5. Prevalence and Risk Factors for Chronic Edema in U.K. Community Nursing Services

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  1. Clinical and Ethical Challenges in Undertaking LIMPRINT in Vulnerable Populations

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  2. LIMPRINT: Prevalence of Chronic Edema in Health Services in Copenhagen, Denmark

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  3. LIMPRINT: The UK Experience-Subjective Control of Swelling in Patients Attending Specialist Lymphedema Services

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Background: To estimate the prevalence of lymphedema/chronic edema (CO) and wounds in acute hospital inpatients in five different countries. Methods and Results: A point-prevalence study was carried out during working day periods in six general hospitals in four countries (Denmark, France, United Kingdom, and Australia) and one hospital oncology inpatient unit in one other country (Ireland). The study used validated clinical tools for the assessment and collection of data. Data were collected by expert clinicians through interviews and physical examination of the patients present in the wards. A total of 1905 patients could be included and investigated among the 3041 total bed occupancy in the seven hospitals. Lymphedema/CO was present in 723 of them (38%). Main risk factors associated with CO were age, morbid obesity, and heart failure, as well as chair bound immobility and neurological deficiency. History of cellulitis was frequent in patients with CO and wounds (24.8%) and CO alone (14.1%) compared to the 1.5% prevalence in patients without CO. Conclusion: Lymphedema/CO is very frequent in patients hospitalized in hospital acute wards. It is strongly associated with obesity, venous insufficiency, and heart failure. Our results strongly suggest a hidden health care burden and cost linked to CO independently of chronic wounds.

Original languageEnglish
JournalLymphatic Research and Biology
Volume17
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)135-140
Number of pages6
ISSN1539-6851
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Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019

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  • Age Factors, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Australia/epidemiology, Cellulitis/diagnosis, Chronic Disease, Cross-Sectional Studies, Diagnosis, Differential, Edema/diagnosis, Europe/epidemiology, Female, Heart Failure/diagnosis, Hospitals, Humans, Inpatients, Lymphatic System/pathology, Lymphedema/diagnosis, Male, Middle Aged, Neurocognitive Disorders/diagnosis, Obesity, Morbid/diagnosis, Prevalence, Quality of Life, Risk Factors

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