Update on Post-mastectomy Lymphedema Management

Matthew E. Doscher, Jillian E. Schreiber, Katie E. Weichman, Evan S. Garfein

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Abstract

Lymphedema is a chronic, progressive condition caused by an imbalance of lymphatic flow. Upper extremity lymphedema has been reported in 16–40% of breast cancer patients following axillary lymph node dissection. Furthermore, lymphedema following sentinel lymph node biopsy alone has been reported in 3.5% of patients. While the disease process is not new, there has been significant progress in the surgical care of lymphedema that can offer alternatives and improvements in management. The purpose of this review is to provide a comprehensive update and overview of the current advances and surgical treatment options for upper extremity lymphedema.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)553-560
Number of pages8
JournalBreast Journal
Volume22
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016

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Keywords

  • lymphedema
  • mastectomy complications
  • surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Oncology

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