Epidemiological data on lower limb lymphedema

Lymphedema is a clinical condition stemming from a deficiency in the formation or drainage of lymph and can be either primary (congenital) or secondary to cancer treatment, varicose veins, trauma and other conditions.1-3 In primary lymphedema, the patient is born with an alteration in the lymphatic system that may or may not progress to lymphedema. In the secondary, he is born with an intact lymphatic system, but during his life he suffers damage and
can evolve into lymphedema. The treatment of cancer, filariasis, infectious frames, trauma, chronic venous diseases are important causes of lymphedema.1-6 Recurring erysipelas is associated with the development of lymphedema.7 In one study, hysterectomy and sentinel lymph node biopsy separately resulted in a lower incidence of lower limb lymphedema than infrared para-aortic and pelvic lymphadenectomy (1.3% vs. 18.1%, p=0.0003).8 A systematic review
found a 29.8%…..read more


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