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SUCCESSFUL MULTI-MODAL TREATMENT OF GRADE IV LYMPHEDEMA IN LYMPHATIC FILARIASIS: A CASE STUDY

Authors
  • R Sivaprakasam
  • R Anuradha
  • R Bethunaickan
  • G Manokaran

Abstract

We present an integrated therapeutic approach performed on a 37 year old female with giant lymphedema (Grade IV) due to lymphatic filariasis of 27 years duration. Our therapeutic approaches consisted of a basic foot care program for two weeks, followed by a course of oral penicillin for a week including conservative treatment with complete decongestive therapy (CDT) together with respiratory physiotherapy and walking exercises. In addition, advanced surgical techniques with supra-fascial excision of alternate lumps in three stages over an interval of ten days followed by a nodo-venal shunt resulted in reversing the stage IV lymphedema condition. Over a ten year followup, the patient remains essentially unchanged confirming the success of the treatment without any recurrence or complications. Finally, by combining multimodal treatment, we were able to achieve a near normal limb in Stage III and Stage IV lymphedema of the lower limb in lymphatic filariasis.

Keywords: lymphedema, treatment, nodo-venal shunt, MLD

How to Cite:

Sivaprakasam, R. & Anuradha, R. & Bethunaickan, R. & Manokaran, G., (2018) “SUCCESSFUL MULTI-MODAL TREATMENT OF GRADE IV LYMPHEDEMA IN LYMPHATIC FILARIASIS: A CASE STUDY”, Lymphology 51(2), p.89-92.

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Published on
05 Oct 2018
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