Lower Extremity Edema Causes | Case Study for New Nurse Practitioners

Seeing “lower leg swelling” as the chief complaint for my patient as a new nurse practitioner was incredibly stressful.

Should you give diuretics for symptom control? Is this something serious or totally ordinary?

I had an awesome case last week and immediately thought of you– and it was one that I actually got a double-check from my colleague on.

In this video (using a case study), you’ll learn:

  • The top DDXs – most common and red flags
  • What important history questions to ask
  • Two clinical pearls of patient histories
  • How to manage patients in this common scenario – re: testing & treatment

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Once you’ve watched, I’d love to hear from you.

Leave me a comment below – what you can add to your workups of patients with lower extremity edema?

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Thanks so much for watching. Hang in there, and I’ll see you soon.

Liz

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8 thoughts on “Lower Extremity Edema Causes | Case Study for New Nurse Practitioners”

  1. Argelia Archuletta

    This was awesome! As a new NP, took and passed my test 2 weeks ago, these will be great resources. Thank you for all you do and taking the time to do this. God bless you!

  2. Thanks Liz!! That was really helpful and I totally missed the chronic venous stasis ddx. Iā€™m still in school and these kind of case studies will definitely help with clinical!! Do you think the difference in BPs is due to his diabetes or something else? Should we be concerned since the difference is greater than 10 mmHg? Thanks again!

  3. Love your videos! With every video I take away more ways to support my patients even though I work in a specialty office. Thanks so much!

  4. Very good. I also ask the client if the swelling is present when FIRST getting out of bed and it worsens as the day progresses. The latter suggests venous insufficiency from too much sitting/standing and sedimentary lifestyle because the muscles work to pump back fluid to the body and if inactive gravity is likely to cause edema.
    A difference of 10 mm or >BP in each arm can be a hint of pulmonary HTN, I believe.

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