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NEW APPROACHES TO SYMPATHETIC BLOCKS AS TREATMENT OF POSTMASTECTOMY LYMPHEDEMA (REPORT OF A SUCCESSFUL CASE)

Authors
  • I Swedborg
  • S Arner
  • BA Meyerson

Abstract

The presence of lymphedema following mastectomy still constitutes a serious problem in spite of improved methods of surgery and other forms of cancer therapy. In a recent study about 17% of the patients who had undergone mastectomy combined with radiation therapy the arm volume on the side of the operation was increased to on average 110% or more of that the contralateral side. There was a similar difference in respect of 10% of the patients who had had no radiation therapy (21). Even slight edema can give rise to pain and annoying sensations of pressure, tension and paresthesia, especially when the edema is located in the hand or at the level of elbow. Edema of the hand in particular is often experienced as a social handicap (20).

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Swedborg, I. & Arner, S. & Meyerson, B., (1983) “NEW APPROACHES TO SYMPATHETIC BLOCKS AS TREATMENT OF POSTMASTECTOMY LYMPHEDEMA (REPORT OF A SUCCESSFUL CASE)”, Lymphology 16(3), p.157-163.

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21 Sep 1983
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