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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737564/localized-leg-volume-index-a-new-method-for-body-type-corrected-evaluation-of-localized-leg-lymphedematous-volume-change
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Takumi Yamamoto, Nana Yamamoto, Hidehiko Yoshimatsu, Yukio Seki, Akiyoshi Kajikawa
BACKGROUND: Volume measurement is one of the most common evaluations for lower-extremity lymphedema. However, volume comparison between different patients with different physique may be inappropriate, and it is difficult to evaluate localized limb volume change using leg volume evaluation. METHODS: Localized leg volumes (Vk, k = 1-5) and localized leg volume indices (LEVIk) at 5 points (1, thigh; 2, knee; 3, lower leg; 4, ankle; 5, foot) of 106 legs of 53 examinees with no leg edema were calculated based on physical measurements, leg circumferences and lengths, and body mass index (BMI)...
July 22, 2017: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732089/cx47-fine-tunes-the-handling-of-serum-lipids-but-is-dispensable-for-lymphatic-vascular-function
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Merlijn J Meens, Issa Kutkut, Viviane Rochemont, Juan Dubrot, Fouad R Kaladji, Amélie Sabine, Oliver Lyons, Stefanie Hendrikx, Jeremiah Bernier-Latmani, Friedemann Kiefer, Alberto Smith, Stéphanie Hugues, Tatiana V Petrova, Brenda R Kwak
Mutations in the gap junction protein connexin47 (Cx47) are associated with lymphedema. However, the role of Cx47 in lymphatic pathophysiology is unknown. We demonstrate that Cx47 is expressed in lymphatic endothelial cells by whole-mount immunostaining and qPCR. To determine if Cx47 plays a role in lymphatic vessel function we analysed Cx47-/- mice. Cx47-deficiency did not affect lymphatic contractility (contractile amplitude or frequency) or lymphatic morphology (vessel diameter or number of valves). Interstitial fluid drainage or dendritic cell migration through lymphatic vessels was also not affected by Cx47-deficiency...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728329/liposuction-in-the-treatment-of-lipedema-a-longitudinal-study
#3
Mehran Dadras, Peter Joachim Mallinger, Cord Christian Corterier, Sotiria Theodosiadi, Mojtaba Ghods
BACKGROUND: Lipedema is a condition consisting of painful bilateral increases in subcutaneous fat and interstitial fluid in the limbs with secondary lymphedema and fibrosis during later stages. Combined decongestive therapy (CDT) is the standard of care in most countries. Since the introduction of tumescent technique, liposuction has been used as a surgical treatment option. The aim of this study was to determine the outcome of liposuction used as treatment for lipedema. METHODS: Twenty-five patients who received 72 liposuction procedures for the treatment of lipedema completed a standardized questionnaire...
July 2017: Archives of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727323/indocyanine-green-near-infrared-lymphangiography-for-evaluation-of-effectiveness-of-edema-fluid-flow-under-therapeutic-compression
#4
Marzanna T Zaleska, Waldemar L Olszewski
The commonly used modalities for therapy of limb lymphedema are manual lymphatic drainage, manual devices moving edema fluid and intermittent pneumatic compression (IPC). What seems to be necessary for validation of the effect of the compression procedure is imaging of the mobilized moving edema fluid. Picture of edema fluid flow would allow the therapist to use force adjusted to the tissue volume and stiffness differing in various limb regions as well as identify sites of abundant accumulation of fluid requiring more compression...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705793/dachsous1-fat4-signaling-controls-endothelial-cell-polarization-during-lymphatic-valve-morphogenesis
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Francoise Pujol, Tina Hodgson, Ines Martinez-Corral, Anne-Catherine Prats, Danelle Devenport, Masatoshi Takeichi, Elisabeth Genot, Taija Mäkinen, Philippa Francis-West, Barbara Garmy-Susini, Florence Tatin
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the role of Fat4 and Dachsous1 signaling in the lymphatic vasculature. APPROACH AND RESULTS: Phenotypic analysis of the lymphatic vasculature was performed in mice lacking functional Fat4 or Dachsous1. The overall architecture of lymphatic vasculature is unaltered, yet both genes are specifically required for lymphatic valve morphogenesis. Valve endothelial cells (Prox1(high) cells) are disoriented and failed to form proper valve leaflets...
July 13, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705541/risk-factors-affecting-breast-cancer-related-lymphedema-serial-body-weight-change-during-neoadjuvant-anthracycline-plus-cyclophosphamide-followed-by-taxane
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Sungmin Park, Jeong Eon Lee, Jonghan Yu, Hyun-June Paik, Jai Min Ryu, Isaac Kim, Soo Youn Bae, Se Kyung Lee, Seok Won Kim, Seok Jin Nam, Eun-Kyu Kim, Eunyoung Kang, Eun Joo Yang
INTRODUCTION: The aim of our study was to analyze the risk of lymphedema (LE) according to the clinicopathologic factors and to investigate the serial change in body weight during neoadjuvant anthracycline plus cyclophosphamide followed by taxane and its correlation with the incidence of LE. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We performed a retrospective 2-center study of 406 patients who had undergone neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) followed by surgery from 2007 to 2014. The regimen included 4 cycles of anthracycline plus cyclophosphamide, followed by 4 cycles of taxane...
June 21, 2017: Clinical Breast Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705211/streptococcal-toxic-shock-syndrome-due-to-streptococcus-dysgalactiae-subspecies-equisimilis-in-breast-cancer-related-lymphedema-a-case-report
#7
Makoto Sumazaki, Fumi Saito, Hideaki Ogata, Miho Yoshida, Yorichika Kubota, Syunsuke Magoshi, Hironori Kaneko
BACKGROUND: Breast cancer-related lymphedema often causes cellulitis and is one of the most common complications after breast cancer surgery. Streptococci are the major pathogens underlying such cellulitis. Among the streptococci, the importance of the Lancefield groups C and G is underappreciated; most cases involve Streptococcus dysgalactiae subspecies equisimilis. Despite having a relatively weak toxicity compared with group A streptococci, Streptococcus dysgalactiae subspecies equisimilis is associated with a mortality rate that is as high as that of group A streptococci in cases of invasive infection because Streptococcus dysgalactiae subspecies equisimilis mainly affects elderly individuals who already have various comorbidities...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700145/simultaneous-measurements-of-lymphatic-vessel-contraction-flow-and-valve-dynamics-in-multiple-lymphangions-using-optical-coherence-tomography
#8
Cedric Blatter, Eelco F J Meijer, Timothy P Padera, Benjamin J Vakoc
Lymphatic dysfunction is involved in many diseases including lymphedema, hypertension, autoimmune responses, graft rejection, atherosclerosis, microbial infections, cancer and cancer metastasis. Expanding our knowledge of lymphatic system function can lead to a better understanding of these disease processes and improve treatment options. Here, optical coherence tomography (OCT) methods were used to reveal intraluminal valve dynamics in 3D, and measure lymph flow and vessel contraction simultaneously in three neighboring lymphangions of the afferent collecting lymphatic vessels to the popliteal lymph node in mice...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699895/a-role-for-brg1-in-the-regulation-of-genes-required-for-development-of-the-lymphatic-system
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Ajeet Pratap Singh, Julie Foley, Arpit Tandon, Dhiral Phadke, H Karimi Kinyamu, Trevor K Archer
Lymphatic vasculature is an important part of the cardiovascular system with multiple functions, including regulation of the return of interstitial fluid (lymph) to the bloodstream, immune responses, and fat absorption. Consequently, lymphatic vasculature defects are involved in many pathological processes, including tumor metastasis and lymphedema. BRG1 is an important player in the developmental window when the lymphatic system is initiated. In the current study, we used tamoxifen inducible Rosa26CreERT2-BRG1floxed/floxed mice that allowed temporal analysis of the impact of BRG1 inactivation in the embryo...
July 4, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697854/a-prospective-study-of-proton-reirradiation-for-recurrent-and-secondary-soft-tissue-sarcoma
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David M Guttmann, Melissa A Frick, Ruben Carmona, Curtiland Deville, William P Levin, Abigail T Berman, Chidambaram Chinniah, Stephen M Hahn, John P Plastaras, Charles B Simone
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Proton reirradiation for sarcoma has not been previously described. We hypothesized that this strategy would provide favorable toxicity and survival outcomes. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Patients with soft tissue sarcoma in a previously-irradiated field were enrolled on a prospective trial of proton reirradiation. The primary endpoint was provider-reported acute toxicity. Secondary endpoints included late toxicities, local control, and overall survival...
July 8, 2017: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695707/comparison-of-long-term-clinical-outcomes-among-different-vascularized-lymph-node-transfers-6-year-experience-of-a-single-center-s-approach-to-the-treatment-of-lymphedema
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Pedro Ciudad, Mouchammed Agko, John Jaime Perez Coca, Oscar J Manrique, Wei-Ling Chang, Fabio Nicoli, Shih-Heng Chen, Hung-Chi Chen
BACKGROUND: This study evaluated the long-term clinical outcomes among different vascularized lymph node transfers (VLNT) used at our institution. METHODS: Between July 2010 and July 2016, all patients with International Society of Lymphology (ISL) stages II-III who underwent VLNT were evaluated. Demographic and clinical data (limb circumference, infectious episodes, lymphoscintigraphic studies) were recorded pre-operatively. Clinical outcomes, complications, and additional excisional procedures were analyzed post-operatively...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688661/use-of-axillary-lymph-node-dissection-alnd-in-patients-with-micrometastatic-breast-cancer
#12
Madison Collins, Cristina O'Donoghue, Weihong Sun, Jun-Min Zhou, Zhenjun Ma, Christine Laronga, Marie Catherine Lee
BACKGROUND: Sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy is the current prognostic tool for clinically node-negative breast cancer patients. If the SLN reveals macrometastasis, axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) is recommended. However, the use of ALND in patients with micrometastasis is debated. The objective of this study was to assess the utilization of ALND in the treatment of micrometastatic breast cancer. METHODS: An IRB approved, retrospective study of a pooled dataset of breast cancer patients with micrometastatic disease on SLN biopsy was performed...
July 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688173/serial-two-year-follow-up-after-lymphaticovenular-anastomosis-for-the-treatment-of-lymphedema
#13
Kyeong-Tae Lee, Jin-Woo Park, Goo-Hyun Mun
PURPOSE: Despite extensive previous investigations regarding the efficacy of lymphaticovenular anastomosis (LVA) for the treatment of lymphedema, few studies have reported the long-term clinical course of individual patients undergoing LVA. The present study presented our experience of LVA and to report serial postoperative courses. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was performed for 17 patients (2 male and 15 female) with lymphedema refractory to conservative treatment who underwent LVA and were followed-up for at least postoperative 24 months...
July 8, 2017: Microsurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687807/efficient-activation-of-the-lymphangiogenic-growth-factor-vegf-c-requires-the-c-terminal-domain-of-vegf-c-and-the-n-terminal-domain-of-ccbe1
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Sawan Kumar Jha, Khushbu Rauniyar, Terhi Karpanen, Veli-Matti Leppänen, Pascal Brouillard, Miikka Vikkula, Kari Alitalo, Michael Jeltsch
The collagen- and calcium-binding EGF domains 1 (CCBE1) protein is necessary for lymphangiogenesis. Its C-terminal collagen-like domain was shown to be required for the activation of the major lymphangiogenic growth factor VEGF-C (Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor-C) along with the ADAMTS3 (A Disintegrin And Metalloproteinase with Thrombospondin Motifs-3) protease. However, it remained unclear how the N-terminal domain of CCBE1 contributed to lymphangiogenic signaling. Here, we show that efficient activation of VEGF-C requires its C-terminal domain both in vitro and in a transgenic mouse model...
July 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684060/top-10-myths-regarding-the-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-cellulitis
#15
Erin K McCreary, Melissa E Heim, Lucas T Schulz, Robert Hoffman, Jeffrey Pothof, Barry Fox
BACKGROUND: Cellulitis is commonly treated in the emergency department (ED). Patients who present with cellulitis incur significant health care costs and may be overtreated with antibiotics. The accurate diagnosis and treatment of cellulitis plays an important role in cost-effective, high-quality medical care, as well as appropriate antibiotic utilization. OBJECTIVE: We aim to describe common fallacies regarding cellulitis. We present 10 myths that result in misdiagnosis, overtreatment, or inappropriate empiric management of cellulitis...
July 3, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680286/rehabilitation-and-exercise-oncology-program-translating-research-into-a-model-of-care
#16
M A Dalzell, N Smirnow, W Sateren, A Sintharaphone, M Ibrahim, L Mastroianni, L D Vales Zambrano, S O'Brien
INTRODUCTION: The Rehabilitation and Exercise Oncology model of care (ActivOnco) was established to optimize cancer survivorship through exercise prescription and active lifestyle promotion, providing a transition of care from hospital to community. Patients having any cancer diagnosis, stage of disease, and treatment were eligible for evaluation and exercise prescription upon deterioration of performance status. The team of professionals included hospital-based physiotherapists proactively screening for rehabilitation needs, loss of functional independence, and exercise eligibility, plus exercise specialists in a community-based Wellness Centre to provide follow-up or direct access for post-treatment or non-complex patients...
June 2017: Current Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679373/a-comprehensive-overview-on-the-surgical-management-of-secondary-lymphedema-of-the-upper-and-lower-extremities-related-to-prior-oncologic-therapies
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Ramon Garza, Roman Skoracki, Karen Hock, Stephen P Povoski
Secondary lymphedema of the upper and lower extremities related to prior oncologic therapies, including cancer surgeries, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy, is a major cause of long-term morbidity in cancer patients. For the upper extremities, it is most commonly associated with prior oncologic therapies for breast cancer, while for the lower extremities, it is most commonly associated with oncologic therapies for gynecologic cancers, urologic cancers, melanoma, and lymphoma. Both non-surgical and surgical management strategies have been developed and utilized, with the primary goal of all management strategies being volume reduction of the affected extremity, improvement in patient symptomology, and the reduction/elimination of resultant extremity-related morbidities, including recurrent infections...
July 5, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678084/magnetic-resonance-lymphography-at-9-4-t-using-a-gadolinium-based-nanoparticle-in-rats-investigations-in-healthy-animals-and-in-a-hindlimb-lymphedema-model
#18
Andreas Müller, Peter Fries, Bijan Jelvani, François Lux, Claudia E Rübe, Stephanie Kremp, Pietro Giovanoli, Arno Buecker, Michael D Menger, Matthias W Laschke, Florian S Frueh
OBJECTIVES: Magnetic resonance lymphography (MRL) in small animals is a promising but challenging tool in preclinical lymphatic research. In this study, we compared the gadolinium (Gd)-based nanoparticle AGuIX with Gd-DOTA for interstitial MRL in healthy rats and in a chronic rat hindlimb lymphedema model. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A comparative study with AGuIX and Gd-DOTA for interstitial MRL was performed in healthy Lewis rats (n = 6). For this purpose, 75 μL of 3 mM AGuIX (containing 30 mM Gd-DOTA side residues) and 75 μL 30 mM Gd-DOTA were injected simultaneously in the right and left hindlimbs...
July 3, 2017: Investigative Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675425/foxc2-influences-alveolar-epithelial-cell-differentiation-during-lung-development
#19
Mayoko Tsuji, Masae Morishima, Kazuhiko Shimizu, Shunichi Morikawa, Mikael Heglind, Sven Enerbäck, Taichi Ezaki, Jun Tamaoki
FOXC2, a forkhead transcriptional factor, is a candidate gene for congenital heart diseases and lymphedema-distichiasis syndrome and yellow nail syndrome; however, there are no reports on Foxc2 and the development of the lung. We have identified lung abnormalities in Foxc2-knockout embryos during investigation of cardiac development. The aim of this study was to clarify the morphological characteristics during lung development using ICR-Foxc2 knockout lungs. Mutant fetuses at embryonic days 10.5-18.5 were obtained from mating of Foxc2(+/-) mice and then analyzed...
July 4, 2017: Development, Growth & Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669886/correlation-between-lymphedema-disease-severity-and-lymphoscintigraphic-findings-a-clinical-radiological-study
#20
Reid A Maclellan, David Zurakowski, Stephan Voss, Arin K Greene
BACKGROUND: Lymphoscintigraphy is used to confirm the diagnosis of lymphedema; pathological findings are abnormal transit time to regional nodes and dermal backflow. A universal protocol for the test does not exist. The purpose of this study was to determine if the clinical severity of lymphedema correlates with lymphoscintigraphy findings. METHODS: Patients treated in our Lymphedema Program between 2009 and 2017 were reviewed. Diagnosis of lymphedema was determined by history, physical examination, and lymphoscintigraphy...
June 29, 2017: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
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