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Get a Leg Up on Edema

Get a Leg Up on Edema

This simple technique can quickly reduce leg edema. Instruct the patient to place a chair on a bed as shown, lay a pillow on the back of the chair, then lie down with legs elevated on the pillowcovered chair back. (Do not use in patients with congestive heart failure; volume overload and pulmonary edema may result.)

Robert M. Webster, MD
   Jasper, Ga

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