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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411704/lymphoscintigraphic-abnormalities-in-the-contralateral-lower-limbs-of-patients-with-unilateral-lymphedema
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Camila Alcoforado de Almeida, Esdras Marques Lins, Simone Cristina Soares Brandão, Álvaro Antônio Bandeira Ferraz, Flavia Cristina Morone Pinto, Silvio Romero de Barros Marques
OBJECTIVE: The contralateral limbs of patients with unilateral lymphedema in the lower limbs (LLs) can exhibit abnormal lymphatic circulation, even in the absence of lymphedema. This idea is based on a number of reports that have studied isolated cases using lymphoscintigraphy. It is likely that these patients previously had some form of lymphopathy, and the lymphedema arose after the action of some external factor. However, there are no studies in the literature that adequately assess the asymptomatic contralateral limbs of these patients or address the prevalence and characteristics of the abnormal lymphatic circulation in these limbs...
May 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410763/correlation-between-upper-limb-volume-and-arterial-and-venous-blood-flow-velocity-in-lymphedema-secondary-to-breast-cancer-treatment
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Monique Silva Rezende, Ana Luiza Marsengo, Amanda Apolinário, Vânia Tie Koga Ferreira, Elaine Caldeira de Oliveira Guirro
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to correlate upper limb volume and arterial and venous blood flow velocity in breast cancer survivors. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted on 30 women with lymphedema and a mean age of 55.60 years (standard deviation = 8.12). For the assessment of upper limb volume, perimetry was performed with measures at 6 points on the limb, which were mathematically calculated as volume. The blood flow velocity of the axillary and brachial arteries and veins were assessed by Doppler ultrasound with a probe at 4 MHz...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406824/ultrasound-assisted-lymphaticovenular-anastomosis-for-the-treatment-of-peripheral-lymphedema
#3
Giuseppe Visconti, Takumi Yamamoto, Nobuko Hayashi, Akitatsu Hayashi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 16, 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386788/immediate-effects-of-active-exercise-with-compression-therapy-on-lower-limb-lymphedema
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Takuya Fukushima, Tetsuya Tsuji, Yufuko Sano, Chieko Miyata, Michiyo Kamisako, Hiroka Hohri, Chikako Yoshimura, Megumi Asakura, Taro Okitsu, Kaori Muraoka, Meigen Liu
PURPOSE: Active exercise with compression therapy (AECT) is a standard treatment for gynecological cancer-related lower-limb lymphedema (LLL) in clinical situations. However, there is insufficient evidence regarding the immediate effects of the use of AECT on LLL. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the immediate effects of AECT on LLL. METHODS: Participants in this randomized controlled crossover trial comprised 23 women with LLL who completed high-load AECT, low-load AECT, and compression-only therapy (CT)...
April 6, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382512/microsurgery-guided-by-sequential-preoperative-lymphography-using-68-ga-neb-pet-and-mri-in-patients-with-lower-limb-lymphedema
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Xiao Long, Jingjing Zhang, Daming Zhang, Chao Gao, Chongwei Chi, Elan Yang, Huadan Xue, Lixin Lang, Gang Niu, Zhaohui Zhu, Fang Li, Xiaoyuan Chen
OBJECTIVE: The popularity of contemporary microsurgical techniques in treatment of lower-limb lymphedema calls for better visualization of the lymphatic system, both preoperatively and intra-operatively. The aim of this prospective study was to investigate the feasibility of a novel combination of (68)Ga-NEB positron emission tomography (PET) with magnetic resonance lymphography (MRL) in evaluating lymphedema and guiding surgical intervention. METHODS: A total of 11 patients (F 9, M 2, age range 29-69 y) with lower-limb lymphedema classified into stage I to III were recruited...
April 5, 2017: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370792/quality-of-life-in-patients-with-primary-and-secondary-lymphedema-in-the-community
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Katharina Herberger, Christine Blome, Kristina Heyer, Franziska Ellis, Karl-Christian Münter, Matthias Augustin
Lymphedema is a complex and burdensome medical problem and requires continuous specific therapy. The aim of this cross-sectional study of community lymphedema care in the metropolitan area of Hamburg, Germany, was to evaluate health-related quality of life in lymphedema patients. Generic as well as disease-specific health-related quality of life (QoL) was assessed using EQ-5D and FLQA-LK, respectively. Pain was assessed using a visual analogue scale (VAS). 301 patients (median age of 60.5 years, 90.8% female) with lymphedema of any origin were included...
April 1, 2017: Wound Repair and Regeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370317/the-effect-of-prophylactic-lymphovenous-anastomosis-and-shunts-for-preventing-cancer-related-lymphedema-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Mads G Jørgensen, Navid M Toyserkani, Jens A Sørensen
BACKGROUND: Lymphedema is one of the most dreaded side effects to any cancer treatment involving lymphadenectomy. Progressed lymphedema is adversely complex and currently there is no widely acknowledged curative treatment. Therefore recent focus has shifted to risk reduction and prevention. It has been hypothesized that bypassing lymphatic vessels to veins prophylactically, could minimize the lymphatic dysfunction seen following lymphadenectomy. METHODS: To investigate this possible future treatment modality, we performed a systematic meta-analysis of studies treating patients with prophylactic lymphovenous analysisstomosis (LVA) for the prevention of secondary lymphedema following lymphadenectomy...
March 28, 2017: Microsurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367439/mr-lymphangiography-a-practical-guide-to-perform-it-and-a-brief-review-of-the-literature-from-a-technical-point-of-view
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Francesco Giuseppe Mazzei, Francesco Gentili, Susanna Guerrini, Nevada Cioffi Squitieri, Duccio Guerrieri, Paolo Gennaro, Michele Scialpi, Luca Volterrani, Maria Antonietta Mazzei
We propose a practical approach for performing high-resolution MR lymphangiography (MRL). We shall discuss and illustrate the technical approach for the visualization of lymphatic vessels in patients suffering from lymphedema, how to distinguish lymphatic vessels from veins, and MRL role in supermicrosurgery treatment planning. A brief review of literature, from a technical point of view, is also reported.
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356336/near-infrared-fluorescence-lymphatic-imaging-of-a-toddler-with-congenital-lymphedema
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Matthew R Greives, Melissa B Aldrich, Eva M Sevick-Muraca, John C Rasmussen
Primary lymphedema in the pediatric population remains poorly diagnosed and misunderstood due to a lack of information on the causation and underlying anatomy of the lymphatic system. Consequently, therapeutic protocols for pediatric patients remain sparse and with little evidence to support them. In an effort to better understand the causation of primary pediatric lymphedema and to better inform clinical care, we report the use of near-infrared fluorescence lymphatic imaging on the extremities of an alert, 21-month-old boy who presented with unilateral right arm and hand lymphedema at birth...
March 29, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28355890/a-randomized-controlled-trial-of-expressive-writing-in-breast-cancer-survivors-with-lymphedema
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Stephanie J Sohl, Mary S Dietrich, Kenneth A Wallston, Sheila H Ridner
OBJECTIVE: Breast cancer survivors who develop lymphedema report poorer quality of life (QoL) than those without lymphedema. Expressive writing is a potential intervention to address QoL. DESIGN: Adult women (N = 107) with breast cancer and chronic Stage II lymphedema were randomised to writing about thoughts and feelings specific to lymphedema and its treatment (intervention) or about daily activities (control) for four, 20-min sessions. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Outcome measures were several indicators of QoL assessed at baseline, one, three, and six months post-intervention (total scores and subscales of Upper Limb Lymphedema 27 and Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Breast)...
March 30, 2017: Psychology & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28355765/-liposuction-combined-with-lymphatico-venous-anastomosis-for-treatment-of-secondary-lymphedema-of-the-lower-limbs-a-report-of-49-cases
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K Chang, S Xia, Y G Sun, J F Xin, W B Shen
Objective: To study the clinical effects of liposuction combined with lymphatico-venous anastomosis for treatment of secondary lymphedema of the lower limbs. Methods: A retrospective analysis was performed for 49 patients who had undergone liposuction combined with lymphatico-venous anastomosis to treat secondary lymphedema of the lower limbs at Department of Lymph Surgery, Beijing Shijitan Hospital from November 2013 to February 2015.All patients were female aging from 31 to 70 years with median age of (52±10)years...
April 1, 2017: Zhonghua Wai Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Surgery]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350684/current-concepts-in-the-surgical-management-of-lymphedema
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Theodore A Kung, Manish C Champaneria, Jeffrey H Maki, Peter C Neligan
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: After studying this article, the participant should be able to: 1. Discuss the key points in diagnosing lymphedema. 2. Understand the imaging modalities that facilitate diagnosis and surgical planning. 3. Appreciate the indications for both physiologic and ablative procedures. 4. Recognize the potential role of lymphaticovenular anastomosis and vascularized lymph node transfer in the treatment of patients with lymphedema. SUMMARY: Lymphedema is an incurable disease caused by insufficient lymphatic drainage leading to abnormal accumulation of interstitial fluid within the soft tissues...
April 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346854/breast-cancer-related-lymphedema-differentiating-fat-from-fluid-using-magnetic-resonance-imaging-segmentation
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Yuka Sen, Yi Qian, Louise Koelmeyer, Robert Borotkanics, Robyn Ricketts, Helen Mackie, Thomas C Lam, Kevin Ho Shon, Hiroo Suami, John Boyages
BACKGROUND: Lymphedema is an iatrogenic complication after breast cancer treatment in which lymph fluid in the affected limb progresses to fat deposition and fibrosis that are amenable to liposuction treatment. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for lymphedema can differentiate fat tissue from fluid, but estimating relative volumes remains problematic. METHODS AND RESULTS: Patients underwent routine bilateral arm MRI both before and after liposuction for advanced lymphedema...
March 27, 2017: Lymphatic Research and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346852/preoperative-lymphedema-related-risk-factors-in-early-stage-breast-cancer
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Zeynep Erdogan Iyigun, Tomris Duymaz, Ahmet Serkan Ilgun, Gul Alco, Cetin Ordu, Dauren Sarsenov, Ayse Esra Aydin, Filiz Elbuken Celebi, Filiz Izci, Yeşim Eralp, Vahit Ozmen
BACKGROUND: Prolongation of survival in patients with breast cancer due to early diagnosis and modern methods of treatment has turned the attention on lymphedema, which is the most important morbidity secondary to the treatment of the disease. Determination of lymphedema and related risk factors in patients before a surgical intervention may provide protection for patients and early treatment. The aim of this study was to determine the presence of lymphedema before surgery by bioimpedance analysis in patients with breast cancer and to establish risk factors associated with lymphedema...
March 27, 2017: Lymphatic Research and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346247/lymphatic-drainages-to-the-paravertebral-and-pararenal-lymph-nodes-in-breast-cancer-patients
#15
Mirela Roman, Romain Barbieux, Olivier Leduc, Pierre Bourgeois
An efficient evaluation of the lymphatic drainage from the breasts (thoracic wall) and/or the upper limbs is essential in the management of patients with breast cancer (BC) and/or BC-related lymphedema. Lymphoscintigraphy was performed in 2 patients with lymphedema. Lymphatic drainage was observed from the upper limb or breast to the posterior paravertebral and/or pararenal lymph nodes. The cases demonstrate lymphatic drainage pathways toward unusual and mostly unrecognized lymph nodes, which may be at risk for further evolution of BC and may be important for the physical treatment of BC-related lymphedema...
March 24, 2017: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342628/poor-sleep-quality-depression-and-hope-before-breast-cancer-surgery
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Thalyta Cristina Mansano-Schlosser, Maria Filomena Ceolim, Teresa D Valerio
AIM: This study aims to identify the predictors of poor sleep quality and the associations between depression, hope and sleep in a sample of 156 women with breast cancer prior to surgery. BACKGROUND: The care and treatment of breast cancer is among the most important scientific challenges in public health. Sleep disturbances and depression are the important complaint of cancer patients. However, they are often neglected. Patients diagnosed with breast cancer also experience prejudice, fear of death, suffering, mutilation, fear of lymphedema, as well as feelings of social devaluation leading to hopelessness Several studies point to hope as an effective strategy to help patients cope with difficulties and achieve their goals, especially patients with cancer...
April 2017: Applied Nursing Research: ANR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340671/unique-techniques-or%C3%A2-approaches-in-microvascular-and-microlymphatic-surgery
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REVIEW
Jin Bo Tang, Luis Landín, Pedro C Cavadas, Alessandro Thione, Jing Chen, Gemma Pons, Jaume Masià
Several methods can be used for identifying tissues for transfer in donor-site-depleted patients. A fillet flap can be temporarily stored in other parts of the body and transferred back to the site of tissue defect, including covering the amputated stump of the lower extremity. Human arm transplant is rare and has some unique concerns for the surgery and postsurgical treatment. Cosmetics of the narrow neck of transferred second toes can be improved with insertion of a flap. Lymphedema of the breast after cancer treatment can be diagnosed with several currently available imaging techniques and treated surgically with lymphaticovenous anastomosis...
April 2017: Clinics in Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337356/cervical-stimulation-in-the-treatment-of-children-with-lymphedema-of-all-four-extremities-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#18
Livia Maria Pereira de Godoy, Paula Pereira de Godoy Capeletto, José Maria Pereira de Godoy, Maria de Fátima Guerreiro Godoy
Aim. The aim of this study is to report on the use of cervical stimulation as monotherapy to reduce swelling and normalize the size of limbs in two children with lymphedema of all four extremities. Case Presentation. One child also had hemifacial edema. In both cases, the mothers were trained to perform cervical stimulation under professional supervision. The cases of two girls, one of eight months and the other of six months, with primary congenital lymphedema are described. Outcome. After clinical diagnosis, the patients started treatment with cervical stimulation three times per week...
2017: Case Reports in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334445/double-gastroepiploic-vascularized-lymph-node-tranfers-to-middle-and-distal-limb-for-the-treatment-of-lymphedema
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Pedro Ciudad, Oscar J Manrique, Shivprasad Date, Mouchammed Agko, John Jaime Perez Coca, Wei-Ling Chang, Federico Lo Torto, Fabio Nicoli, Michelle Maruccia, Javier López Mendoza, Hung-Chi Chen
BACKGROUND: Vascularized lymph node (VLN) transfer for lymphedema treatment has shown promising results. Optimal donor and recipient sites remain a matter of debate. We describe the technique and outcomes of a laparoscopically harvested extended gastroepiploic VLN flap with two levels of inset. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Between 2014 and 2015, four-patients with upper limb breast cancer-related lymphedema and three-patients with lower limb pelvic cancer-related lymphedema who underwent VLN transfers were included...
March 23, 2017: Microsurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332440/use-of-a-stent-graft-in-tumor-erosion-of-the-common-femoral-artery-with-life-threatening-bleeding
#20
Hong H Keo, Nicolas Diehm, Daniel Staub, Frederic Baumann
We report a case of a 56-year-old male patient with a life-threatening left common femoral artery bleeding due to tumor erosion. The patient had a history of advanced high-grade pleomorphic leiomyosarcoma of the left groin with pulmonary metastasis. Clinical examination revealed a massive tumor bulking at the left groin with necrosis and phleb- and lymphedema. Given the circumstances, open surgery was not possible. Thus, it was decided to treat the patient with an endovascular procedure. The postprocedural course was uneventful, the patient received blood product and was hemodynamically stable...
March 23, 2017: VASA. Zeitschrift Für Gefässkrankheiten
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