Compression Garments Can Ease Lymphedema. Covering Costs? Not So Easy.

(By Carmen Heredia Rodriguez for Kaiser Health News)

Every morning, Britta Vander Linden dons compression stockings, a cumbersome process she calls “putting on my legs.”

She relies on the garments to stand and walk without intense leg pain and swelling. That’s because Vander Linden, 44, was born with lymphedema.

The condition affects the lymphatic system, a network of lymph nodes and vessels that move infection-fighting liquid through the body. When that network is damaged, fluid can build up and cause limbs to swell well beyond their normal size and make them susceptible to harmful infections.  Continue reading article here…

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