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Liposuction in the treatment of idiopathic lower extremity lymphoedema

Katarzyna Podgórska, Katarzyna Drożdż, Andrzej Bieniek, Andrzej Szuba
Acta Angiologica 2011;17(4):271-276.

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Vol 17, No 4 (2011)
Case reports
Published online: 2011-12-14

Abstract

Idiopathic lymphoedema of the lower extremities is an uncommon disease of unknown aetiology. Possible pathogenic factors include infection, genetic predisposition, and lymphatic vascular malformations. Diagnosis is usually based upon clinical presentation; however, it should be confirmed by lymphoscintigraphy. Standard treatment, recommended by the International Society of Lymphology, called complex decongestive therapy (CDT) includes manual lymphatic drainage, compression therapy using low-stretch bandages, and decongestive exercises. CDT is an effective treatment which is proven in clinical studies; however, in some cases only limited or no oedema reduction can be achieved. Liposuction, introduced to lymphoedema therapy by Brorson, has been proven to be a safe and effective treatment in lymphoedema not responding to compression therapy. We present a case of idiopathic lower extremity lymphoedema treated with liposuction in our centre.
Acta Angiol 2011; 17, 4: 271–276

Abstract

Idiopathic lymphoedema of the lower extremities is an uncommon disease of unknown aetiology. Possible pathogenic factors include infection, genetic predisposition, and lymphatic vascular malformations. Diagnosis is usually based upon clinical presentation; however, it should be confirmed by lymphoscintigraphy. Standard treatment, recommended by the International Society of Lymphology, called complex decongestive therapy (CDT) includes manual lymphatic drainage, compression therapy using low-stretch bandages, and decongestive exercises. CDT is an effective treatment which is proven in clinical studies; however, in some cases only limited or no oedema reduction can be achieved. Liposuction, introduced to lymphoedema therapy by Brorson, has been proven to be a safe and effective treatment in lymphoedema not responding to compression therapy. We present a case of idiopathic lower extremity lymphoedema treated with liposuction in our centre.
Acta Angiol 2011; 17, 4: 271–276
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Keywords

lymphatic system; liposuction; compression therapy

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Title

Liposuction in the treatment of idiopathic lower extremity lymphoedema

Journal

Acta Angiologica

Issue

Vol 17, No 4 (2011)

Pages

271-276

Published online

2011-12-14

Bibliographic record

Acta Angiologica 2011;17(4):271-276.

Keywords

lymphatic system
liposuction
compression therapy

Authors

Katarzyna Podgórska
Katarzyna Drożdż
Andrzej Bieniek
Andrzej Szuba

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