THE EFFECTS OF REDUCTION OPERATION WITH GENITAL LYMPHEDEMA ON THE FREQUENCY OF ERYSIPELAS AND THE QUALITY OF LIFE
- M Zvonik
- E Foldi
- G Felmerer
Genital lymphedema represents a severe disability for patients particularly when complicated by erysipelas, the most frequent complication. The objectives of this study were: to investigate the frequency of erysipelas in patients with genital lymphedema and genital lymphatic cysts who underwent evaluation for surgical treatment, to observe the influence of resection operations on the frequency of erysipelas, and to measure changes in the quality of life due to the resection. A total of 93 patients with genital lymphedema were studied. All patients underwent integrated care treatment in the Földi Clinic, Hinterzarten and the Department of Plastic and Hand Surgery of the University Hospital Freiburg during the period between 1997 and 2007. 44 of these patients underwent surgical treatment of genital lymphedema. The results indicate that lymphatic cysts were the most important risk-aggravating factor for recurrent erysipelas with lymphorrhea in the genital region (p<0.001). Following the resection operation, however, the number of erysipelas incidents significantly decreased (p<0.001). In addition, the antibiotic dose could be reduced after surgery (p=0.039) and an improved quality of life was achieved (p<0.001).
Keywords: genital lymphedema, erysipelas, resection operation, quality of life
How to Cite:
Zvonik, M. & Foldi, E. & Felmerer, G., (2011) “THE EFFECTS OF REDUCTION OPERATION WITH GENITAL LYMPHEDEMA ON THE FREQUENCY OF ERYSIPELAS AND THE QUALITY OF LIFE”, Lymphology 44(3), 121-130.