In men: It may affect the penis, or scrotum or both. It can present as swelling and pain. The skin due to the high levels of protein in the tissues may become prone to inflammation and infection and may become course and hardened. Difficulty in urination and sexual dysfunction can occur.
In women: Surgical procedures such as radical hysterectomy and post-operative radiotherapy for cancer of the cervix can increase the risk of genital and pelvic lymphoedema. It may present as swelling and pain in the pelvis and labia. Increased levels of protein in the tissues can result in infections and a thickening. There can be an impact on sexual function.
For assessment and a prescribed treatment talk to a Lymphoedema Therapist - please see the NZ Lymphoedema Therapist List and the DHB referral list on this site.
Useful LinksFor compression garments for this condition:
Haddenham Health Australia
Therapist Support Laboratory Australia
Genital Compression garment men:
‘Harry’s Outback Jockstrap’
firstname.lastname@example.org for information and pattern
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