Are you handling genital oedema confidently?

Noble-Jones, R. , Thomas, M. J., Davies, L. and Morgan, K. (2019) Are you handling genital oedema confidently? British Journal of Community Nursing, 24(Sup10), S19-S22. (doi: 10.12968/bjcn.2019.24.Sup10.S19) (PMID:31604039)

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Men, women or children can suffer from oedema (swelling) of the genitalia. When differential diagnosis has excluded acute trauma or pathology and swelling remains, the condition may be diagnosed as genital lymphoedema, a chronic condition that increases the relative risk of cellulitis. Diagnosis of genital oedema is often delayed due to problems with patient and health professional behaviour, in terms of embarrassment, lack of confidence or lack of knowledge. Awareness of this condition and knowledge on how to manage it will go a long way in helping both patients and clinicians overcome the challenges of addressing genital oedema. This article describes the authors' experiences in managing genital oedema. It also briefly discusses a new international project that seeks to identify the knowledge and training that health professionals need to manage this condition more confidently.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Project funded by Tenovus Cancer Care.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Noble-Jones, Dr Rhian
Authors: Noble-Jones, R., Thomas, M. J., Davies, L., and Morgan, K.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Nursing and Health Care
Journal Name:British Journal of Community Nursing
Publisher:Mark Allen Group
ISSN (Online):1462-4753
Published Online:11 October 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 MA Healthcare Ltd
First Published:First published in British Journal of Community Nursing 24(Sup10):S19-S22
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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