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Lymphedema surgery

Brigid K Killelea, Jessica B Long, Weixiong Dang, Sarah S Mougalian, Suzanne B Evans, Cary P Gross, Shi-Yi Wang
PURPOSE: To examine the associations between sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) and complications among older patients who underwent breast-conserving surgery (BCS) for ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). METHODS: We identified women from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results-Medicare dataset aged 67-94 years diagnosed during 1998-2011 with DCIS who underwent BCS as initial treatment. We assessed incidence of complications, including lymphedema, wound infection, seroma, or pain, within 9 months of diagnosis...
March 7, 2018: Annals of Surgical Oncology
Setareh Akhavan, Jila Agah, Fatemeh Nili
A G2L2 33-year-old woman presented to our clinic with large verrucous warty masses in labia major, perinea and the end portion of her spine measuring about 15 × 7, 9 × 7 and 8 × 8 cm, which had been enlarged following puberty and pregnancy. Her right upper and left lower limbs had gross congenital lymphedema. The masses were removed by superficial partial vulvectomy with a qualified margin and repaired without skin graft. Pathology report showed lymphangioma circumscriptum. Several months of follow up revealed normal healing and no recurrence...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
Charalampos Siotos, Mohamad E Sebai, Eric L Wan, Ricardo J Bello, Mehran Habibi, Damon S Cooney, Michele A Manahan, Carisa M Cooney, Stella M Seal, Gedge D Rosson
BACKGROUND: Lymphedema remains a significant complication following breast cancer surgery when there is axillary lymph node intervention. Previous systematic reviews have identified risk factors for breast cancer-related lymphedema, including increased BMI, number of lymph nodes dissected and radiotherapy. However, they have not examined the effect of breast reconstruction on lymphedema occurrence. In this systematic review and meta-analysis, we sought to evaluate the association between breast reconstruction (BR) and lymphedema...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery: JPRAS
Mahrooyeh Hadizadeh, Seiied Mojtaba Mohaddes Ardebili, Mansoor Salehi, Chris Young, Fariborz Mokarian, James McClellan, Qin Xu, Mohammad Kazemi, Elham Moazam, Behzad Mahaki, Maziar Ashrafian Bonab
Lymphedema is a condition resulting from mutations in various genes essential for lymphatic development and function, which leads to obstruction of the lymphatic system. Secondary lymphedema is a progressive and incurable condition, most often manifesting after surgery for breast cancer. Although its causation appears complex, various lines of evidence indicate that genetic predisposition may play a role. Previous studies show that mutations in connexin 47 are associated with secondary lymphedema. We have tested the hypothesis that connexin 37 gene mutations in humans are associated with secondary lymphedema following breast cancer surgery...
February 22, 2018: Biomedicines
Virak Khieu, Vandine Or, Chhakda Tep, Peter Odermatt, Reiko Tsuyuoka, Meng Chuor Char, Molly A Brady, Joshua Sidwell, Aya Yajima, Rekol Huy, Kapa D Ramaiah, Sinuon Muth
BACKGROUND: Endemicity of lymphatic filariasis (LF) in Cambodia was proven in 1956 when microfilariae were detected in mosquitos in the Kratié province. In 2001, an extensive study confirmed the presence of both Brugia malayi and Wuchereria bancrofti microfilariae. In 2003, the Ministry of Health established a national task force to develop policies and strategies for controlling and eliminating neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), with the goal of eliminating LF by 2015. This article summarizes the work accomplished to eliminate LF as a public health problem in Cambodia...
February 20, 2018: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
Joseph M Aulino, Elizabeth M Wulff-Burchfield, Mary S Dietrich, Sheila H Ridner, Kenneth J Niermann, Jie Deng, Bethany A Rhoten, Jennifer K Doersam, Lee Ann Jarrett, Kyle Mannion, Barbara A Murphy
BACKGROUND: The late effect continuum of lymphedema and fibrosis (LEF) affects more than 70% of patients after treatment for head and neck cancer (HNC). LEF is associated with symptom burden and decreased function and quality of life. Although surveillance imaging is common posttreatment, objective assessment of soft tissues is not, likely due to the lack of objective evaluation methods and understanding of the significance of LEF. We undertook the development of a tool to measure LEF using CT scans in HNC patients...
February 2018: Lymphatic Research and Biology
Li Zou, Feng-Hua Liu, Pei-Pei Shen, Yan Hu, Xiao-Qian Liu, Ying-Ying Xu, Qi-Liang Pen, Bei Wang, Ya-Qun Zhu, Ye Tian
PURPOSE: To investigate the incidence rate, severity and risk factors of related lymphedema in breast cancer survivors. METHODS: A 2-year follow-up prospective study of 387 women who had operation from four hospitals from January 1, to December 31, 2014 was conducted. Limb volume was measured by circumference and symptoms were measured using questionnaires pre-treatment and 1, 3, 6, 12, 18, 24 months after surgery separately. The incidence rates and the severity of lymphedema were evaluated, respectively...
February 3, 2018: Breast Cancer: the Journal of the Japanese Breast Cancer Society
Nikhil I Khushalani
The Oncology Grand Rounds series is designed to place original reports published in the Journal into clinical context. A case presentation is followed by a description of diagnostic and management challenges, a review of the relevant literature, and a summary of the authors' suggested management approaches. The goal of this series is to help readers better understand how to apply the results of key studies, including those published in Journal of Clinical Oncology, to patients seen in their own clinical practice...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
Linda A Koehler, David W Hunter, Anne H Blaes, Tufia C Haddad
Background: Axillary web syndrome (AWS) can develop following breast cancer surgery and presents as a tight band of tissue in the axilla with shoulder abduction. Objective: The objectives were to determine the prevalence and natural history of AWS, and the association between AWS and function, range of motion, pain, lymphedema, and body mass index (BMI). Design: This study was a longitudinal prospective cohort study utilizing a repeated measures design...
January 18, 2018: Physical Therapy
Takumi Yamamoto, Mitsunaga Narushima, Isao Koshima
BACKGROUND: Lymphaticovenular anastomosis (LVA) has become one of the useful surgical treatments for compression-refractory lower extremity lymphedema (LEL). It is important to anastomose larger lymphatic vessels with abundant lymph flows in LVA surgery. This study aimed to clarify factors associated with lymphatic vessel diameter. METHODS: One hundred thirty-four LEL patients who underwent pre-operative indocyanine green (ICG) lymphography and LVA from June 2009 to August 2014 in a single institution were included in this retrospective observational study...
January 22, 2018: Journal of Surgical Oncology
Paul Kim, Ju Kang Lee, Oh Kyung Lim, Heung Kyu Park, Ki Deok Park
Objective: To predict the probability of lymphedema development in breast cancer patients in the early post-operation stage, we investigated the ability of quantitative lymphoscintigraphic assessment. Methods: This retrospective study included 201 patients without lymphedema after unilateral breast cancer surgery. Lymphoscintigraphy was performed between 4 and 8 weeks after surgery to evaluate the lymphatic system in the early postoperative stage. Quantitative lymphoscintigraphy was performed using four methods: ratio of radiopharmaceutical clearance rate of the affected to normal hand; ratio of radioactivity of the affected to normal hand; ratio of radiopharmaceutical uptake rate of the affected to normal axilla (RUA); and ratio of radioactivity of the affected to normal axilla (RRA)...
December 2017: Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine
John P Micha, Dung H Nguyen, Bram H Goldstein
Introduction: Lower-extremity lymphedema is a significant complication attributed to gynecologic cancer surgery, potentially effectuating severe edema and discernible pain. Case report: We report on a patient who developed persistent, lower-extremity lymphedema following her treatment for cervix cancer. Despite repeated efforts to manage the lymphedema with conventional measures, the patient's condition had not markedly improved. Thereafter, she underwent a suction-assisted lipectomy that effectively resolved her symptoms...
February 2018: Gynecologic Oncology Reports
Mariana Maia Freire de Oliveira, Maria Salete Costa Gurgel, Bárbara Juarez Amorim, Celso Dario Ramos, Sophie Derchain, Natachie Furlan-Santos, César Cabello Dos Santos, Luís Otávio Sarian
PURPOSE: evaluate whether manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) or active exercise (AE) is associated with shoulder range of motion (ROM), wound complication and changes in the lymphatic parameters after breast cancer (BC) surgery and whether these parameters have an association with lymphedema formation in the long run. METHODS: Clinical trial with 106 women undergoing radical BC surgery, in the Women's Integrated Healthcare Center-University of Campinas. Women were matched for staging, age and body mass index and were allocated to performed AE or MLD, 2 weekly sessions during one month after surgery...
2018: PloS One
Hiroshi Kobayashi, Takuya Iida, Takumi Yamamoto, Masachika Ikegami, Yusuke Shinoda, Sakae Tanaka, Hirotaka Kawano
CASE: Lymphedema and lymphorrhea are major causes of wound complications after the resection of soft-tissue sarcomas in the adductor compartment of the thigh. We report 2 cases of successful treatment of lymphedema and lymphorrhea, which had been refractory to nonoperative treatment, with use of lymphaticovenous anastomosis (LVA) and intraoperative indocyanine green lymphography after the resection of a sarcoma in the adductor compartment. CONCLUSION: These 2 cases highlight that LVA can be a useful and minimally invasive alternative to myocutaneous flaps for the treatment of wound complications caused by lymphedema and lymphorrhea after surgery for soft-tissue sarcomas in the adductor compartment of the thigh...
October 2017: JBJS Case Connector
Barbara Geppert, Céline Lönnerfors, Michele Bollino, Jan Persson
OBJECTIVE: To compare the rate of lymphatic complications in women with endometrial cancer undergoing sentinel lymph node biopsy versus a full pelvic and infrarenal paraaortic lymphadenectomy, and to examine the overall feasibility and safety of the former. METHODS: A prospective study of 188 patients with endometrial cancer planned for robotic surgery. Indocyanine green was used to identify the sentinel lymph nodes. In low-risk patients the lymphadenectomy was restricted to removal of sentinel lymph nodes whereas in high-risk patients also a full lymphadenectomy was performed...
March 2018: Gynecologic Oncology
Deshka Foster, Nicole Choy, Catherine Porter, Shushmita Ahmed, Irene Wapnir
BACKGROUND: Sentinel lymph node (SLN) resection is imperative for breast cancer staging. Axillary reverse mapping (ARM) can preserve arm draining nodes and lymphatics during surgery. ARM is generally performed with isosulfan blue (ISB), restricting its use for concurrent SLN biopsy. Indocyanine green (ICG) could serve as an alternative to ISB for ARM procedures. METHODS: SLN mapping and biopsy was performed via periareolar injection of99 technetium-sulfur colloid (99m TcSc, TSC)...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Surgical Oncology
Manik K Gupta, Amar P Patel, Viraj A Master
Penile cancer is a rare malignancy with a high propensity for regional dissemination. Current guidelines recommend inguinal lymphadenectomy in patients with penile cancer for palpable inguinal lymph nodes or in certain cases of nonpalpable inguinal lymph nodes. For many years, this procedure was performed with a traditional open approach and carried significant morbidity due to severe lymphedema, flap necrosis, wound infections, and seroma formation. The evolution of inguinal lymphadenectomy surgery for patients with penile cancer to a more minimally invasive approach has greatly reduced the morbidity of the procedure...
October 2017: Translational Andrology and Urology
Ayşe Arıkan Dönmez, Sevgisun Kapucu
PURPOSE: To investigate the effectiveness of a clinical and home-based, nurse-led physical activity program (PAP) and simple lymphatic drainage (SLD) in the prevention of breast cancer-related lymphedema. METHODS: A total of 52 breast cancer patients were randomized to either a PAP and SLD program (n = 25) or a control group (n = 27). Patients in both groups were also provided training for lymphedema. The PAP and SLD were administered through home visits by the investigators, twice a week for six weeks, in the intervention group...
December 2017: European Journal of Oncology Nursing: the Official Journal of European Oncology Nursing Society
Lauren M Postlewait, Clara R Farley, Alexandra M Seamens, Nina Le, Monica Rizzo, Maria C Russell, Michael C Lowe, Keith A Delman
BACKGROUND: Limited data exist characterizing complications after axillary lymphadenectomy for melanoma. With high rates of complications reported after dissection for breast cancer and data suggesting that completion lymphadenectomy may have limited therapeutic benefit, this study characterized morbidity to facilitate clinical decision-making. METHODS: Using a broad definition for complications, patients who underwent axillary dissection for melanoma at a single center (from 2003 to 2015) were assessed through retrospective chart review...
February 2018: Annals of Surgical Oncology
Elisa Bellini, Michele P Grieco, Edoardo Raposio
Introduction: Nowadays, liposuction is the most frequently performed aesthetic surgery procedure in Western Countries. This technique has had rapid development since the 1970s, when it was experimented for the first time by A. and G. Fischer. It is currently widely used in clinical practice for many different situations in aesthetic, reconstructive and functional fields. Materials and methods: This review aims to describe the historical evolution of liposuction by analyzing the transformation of the method in function of the introduction of innovative ideas or instruments...
December 2017: Annals of Medicine and Surgery
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