Head and Neck Lymphoedema
Head and Neck LymphoedemaThe head and neck area has an estimated 150-300 lymph nodes- about one third of the bodies lymph nodes, so it is not surprising that disease, surgery or radiation to this area will result in impairment of lymphatic function resulting in lymphoedema.
This may present as fluctuating or persistant swelling into the face, head or neck. Occasionally, depending on the cause, there can be the sensation of swelling inside the mouth or there may be some hearing disturbance.
For assessment and a prescribed treatment talk to a Lymphoedema Therapist - please see the New Zealand Lymphoedema Therapist List and the DHB referral list on this site.