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Lymphedema Specific Information for Medical ID Alert Bracelets


Lymphedema is an accumulation of lymphatic fluid causing abnormal swelling of the arms, legs, breast, abdomen, neck or head. Lymphedema develops when lymphatic vessels are damaged or lymph nodes are removed (secondary), or when lymphatic vessels are impaired or missing (primary). Lymphedema occurs when the impairment becomes so great that the lymphatic fluid exceeds the lymphatic transport capacity. Lymphedema becomes apparent when the protein rich fluid builds up and swelling begins.


Any invasive procedure should be done with care. Other potential problems to consider when suffering from Lymphedema may include:

  • Vaccinations in the affected limb(s)
  • Blood Pressure readings in the affected limb(s)


What information should you include on your medical bracelet for Lymphedema? For Breast cancer survivors, Wearing a medical id alert bracelet is an important step you can take to increase their odds of remaining lymphedema-free, or to keep their existing lymphedema under control, while educating the medical community at the same time.
    • The limb(s) affected.
    • Any emergency procedures that should be avoided.


Other Lymphedema Resources:

Circle of Hope Lymphedema Foundation
Breast Cancer Action Nova Scotia - resources for people living with breast cancer.
The National Lymphedema Network (NLN)



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