Are diuretics effective for idiopathic lymphedema?
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Are diuretics effective for idiopathic lymphedema? Evidence-Based Answer: Long-term use of diuretics for treatment of lymphedema or for treatment of the later stages of lymphedema is probably ineffective and has an unacceptable adverse effect profile (SOR: C, expert opinion). The short-term use of diuretics in the early stages of lymphedema may be useful if other comorbid conditions causing edema are present (SOR: C, expert opinion).
Evidence Based Practice 17(12): 9