• Highland HSCP
  • Primary and Secondary Care.

Lymphorrhoea is defined as the leaking of clear lymphatic fluid through the surface of the skin. Lymphorrhoea usually presents as beads of fluid trickling down the affected limb or swollen region. The volume of lymphatic fluid leaking out may vary between individual patients, but it can lead to maceration of surrounding tissues which then provides an entry site for infection.

Wet legs care plan

Approved By: TAMSG of the ADTC

Reviewer name(s): Louise Shakespeare, Advanced Lymphoedema Nurse .

Document Id: TAM227

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Related resources

Further resources for Healthcare Professionals 

  • Lymphoedema Network Wales (2021) The Chronic Oedema ‘Wet Leg’ (Lymphorrhoea) Pathway.
  • NHS Wales Wounds UK, (2021) Best Practice Statement. Compression Hosiery: a patient-centric approach (third edition).
  • London: Wounds UK

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