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Continuing Education for Rehabilitation Professionals

Part I: Anatomy & Physiology of the Lymphatic System, Stages of Lymphedema and Patient Cases

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Part I: Anatomy & Physiology of the Lymphatic System, Stages of Lymphedema and Patient Cases     $89.85

This lecture is part of the following course:
The Comprehensive Management of Edema


Part I of this peripheral edema educational series reviews the anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic system and the pathophysiology of edema formation. Primary and secondary lymphedema are defined and its stages are described. The clinical characteristics of lymphedema are emphasized with the use of patient cases.

This course was developed in collaboration with the Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy.

The Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy

Continuing education credits

  • This course is acceptable for credit in most states for PTs and PTAs. To see the full list of courses approved for continuing education in your state, visit our courses page and filter for "Physical Therapist" or "Physical Therapist Assistant" and your state of licensure.
  • AOTA: This program is offered for 0.30 CEUs, Advanced Level:

    • Domain of OT: Client Factors.
    • Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation.

    EDUCATA is an approved provider of continuing education courses by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA or indicate AOTA approval of a certification or other professional recognition.

  • NBCOT: 3.75 PDU (Course includes assessment component.)

Note: Post-test must be passed with a score of 80% or more in order to receive certificate of completion.

Contact Hours: 3.00


Difficulty: Advanced

Goals & Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the participant shall be able to:

  1. Describe and identify the anatomical structures of the lymphatic system and relate anatomy to function.
  2. Define and discuss Starling’s Law of Equilibrium.
  3. Describe the physiology of fluid filtration and reabsorption.
  4. Define lymphedema based on anatomical and physiological principles.
  5. Discuss the prevalence and etiology of lymphedema.
  6. Discuss the function of the lymph system and its role in the prevention of edema formation.
  7. Describe and identify the stages of lymphedema.


The professor of this course has NOT endorsed or received any compensation from the manufacturers or distributors of any of the materials discussed in this presentation.

Financial: Dr. Perdomo is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA. She developed the outpatient oncology rehabilitation at USC’s faculty practice, and founded the Oncology Rehabilitation and Lymphedema Program at Olympic PT in Seattle, WA, as well as the Oncology Clinical Rotation at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. Dr. Perdomo receives compensation from EDUCATA as the professor of this course.

Nonfinancial: Dr. Perdomo is an active member of the Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy and has worked to get oncology specialization recognized by the ABPTS. She has also been a district representative for the California chapter of the APTA.

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