Differential Diagnosis: Identifying the Etiology of Edema

Course Description

This lecture offers vital information for therapists to establish the source of a patient’s edema before proceeding with comprehensive decongestive therapy. Treatment may be quite different if the edema is due to an underlying disease or condition rather than lymphedema.

This course will discuss the data that should be analyzed to determine the source of unilateral or bilateral edema including specific measures, lab values, and a patient’s past medical history. Using a sample case of a patient with bilateral edema, the course will go step-by-step through the evaluation process used to determine how aggressively to treat the edema or whether the patient should instead be referred to their primary care provider. You’ll also be taught the prediction rules used to determine if a patient’s unilateral edema might be due to a deep venous thrombosis (DVT) rather than lymphedema.

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At the end of this online course, you will:

  • Identify diseases that can cause edema that is not due to lymphedema.
  • Learn which lab values can be used to identify diseases that can cause bilateral edema.
  • Learn what data to convey when you need to make a referral.

Lecture handouts are EMAILED upon registration and payment. You will have 3 MONTHS of access to the online course, starting when you receive your username and password by email. Once Klose Training receives your completed registration and payment for the course, you will be EMAILED with instructions within three business days. You must respond to the email in order to receive the lecture handouts (by email) and your username and password.

Jennifer Ryan, PT, MS, DPT, CCS. Dr. Ryan graduated from the physical therapy program at the University of Illinois in 1990 and went on to complete both a Master of Science in Physical Therapy anda Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago. In July 2006, she was awarded board certification as a Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Clinical Specialist by the American Physical Therapy Association.

This course is an advanced level class. Students should be Certified Lymphedema Therapists or have other specialized training in lymphedema. Students can be physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapist assistants, medical doctors, physician assistants, speech therapists, nurses, nurse practitioners, licensed practical nurses, or massage therapists with sufficient prior training.

NOTE: It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the skills acquired in this class are within their scope of practice.

The total tuition for the course is $90. Please print the registration form or register online
The following student agreement must be signed and submitted before the commencement of class. KTC Online Courses Student Agreement

After you finish the online content, you are encouraged to complete the online quiz. Completion of the quiz is mandatory if you wish to receive online continuing education hours/credit. You must answer 80% or more of the questions correctly to pass the quiz.

This course offers 3.25 contact hours of online continuing education for physical, occupational, and massage therapists. After successfully passing the quiz and returning the signed Learner Agreement to Klose Training, you will be mailed a Certificate of Completion verifying your online course hours. Online course hours are approved for Lymphology Association of North America (LANA) re-certification. For more information about KTC’s CEU approvals, click here

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