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Vol 2, No 2 (2003): Polish Palliative Medicine
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Published online: 2003-02-05
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Lymphoedema — assessment of the diagnostic and prognostic value of upper arm dynamic lymphoscintigraphy in patients after mastectomy

Justyna Bieda, Maciej Bączyk, Jacek Łuczak
Advances in Palliative Medicine 2003;2(2):81-85.

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Vol 2, No 2 (2003): Polish Palliative Medicine
Original articles
Published online: 2003-02-05

Abstract


Upper arm lymphoedema is a very debilitating consequence of breast cancer therapy because of excessive limb volume, shape distortion, mobility limitation. The aim of the research was to assess the correlation between lymph outflow impairment and complex decongestive therapy (CDT) effectiveness in breast cancer related lymphoedema. There were 20 women included into the procedure. Lymphoscintigraphy (LAS) was made on g-camera Varicam (ELSCINT) after subcutaneous injection of 0.5 ml Nanocoll labeled 99mTc (1 mCi). Lymphatic insufficiency was defined on the basis of four-step Weissleder scale. The results showed that the higher the level of lymphatic insufficiency the worse effects were achieved during CDT (p < 0.05). Dynamic LAS combined with the static one have a good predictive value of CDT effects.

Abstract


Upper arm lymphoedema is a very debilitating consequence of breast cancer therapy because of excessive limb volume, shape distortion, mobility limitation. The aim of the research was to assess the correlation between lymph outflow impairment and complex decongestive therapy (CDT) effectiveness in breast cancer related lymphoedema. There were 20 women included into the procedure. Lymphoscintigraphy (LAS) was made on g-camera Varicam (ELSCINT) after subcutaneous injection of 0.5 ml Nanocoll labeled 99mTc (1 mCi). Lymphatic insufficiency was defined on the basis of four-step Weissleder scale. The results showed that the higher the level of lymphatic insufficiency the worse effects were achieved during CDT (p < 0.05). Dynamic LAS combined with the static one have a good predictive value of CDT effects.
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Keywords

lymphoedema; breast cancer; dynamic lymphoscintigraphy

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Title

Lymphoedema — assessment of the diagnostic and prognostic value of upper arm dynamic lymphoscintigraphy in patients after mastectomy

Journal

Advances in Palliative Medicine

Issue

Vol 2, No 2 (2003): Polish Palliative Medicine

Pages

81-85

Published online

2003-02-05

Bibliographic record

Advances in Palliative Medicine 2003;2(2):81-85.

Keywords

lymphoedema
breast cancer
dynamic lymphoscintigraphy

Authors

Justyna Bieda
Maciej Bączyk
Jacek Łuczak

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