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TREATMENT OF SECONDARY LOWER LIMB LYMPHEDEMA AFTER GYNECOLOGIC CANCER WITH COMPLEX DECONGESTIVE THERAPY

Authors
  • F. Liu (Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine)
  • N. Liu (Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine)
  • L. Wang (Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine)
  • J. Chen (Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine)
  • L. Han (Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine)
  • Z. Yu (Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine)
  • D. Sun (Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine)

Abstract

Secondary lower extremity lymphedema is a common complication of treatment for gynecological cancers. Conservative therapy plays an important role in the treatment of patients with secondary lower extremity lymphedema; in particular, complex decongestive therapy (CDT) has been recognized as an effective nonoperative technique for these patients. But CDT therapy for secondary lower extremity lymphedema remains a problem in China because this technique and its effectiveness have not achieved widespread use and popularity. Our goal was to assess effects of CDT in patients with secondary lower limb lymphedema after treatment for gynecological cancers. The retrospective study consisted of 60 patients who were treated with 20 sessions of CDT. Assessments included objective changes in limb circumference, degree of LE, imaging features, and incidence of erysipelas before and after CDT treatment. We found that CDT can effectively improve lymph stasis and promote backflow, and decrease circumference, interstitial fluid content, and incidence of erysipelas of lymphedematous lower limb. Our results demonstrate that CDT is an effective treatment method for patients with secondary lower limb lymphedema following treatment for gynecologic cancers. This technique should be more widely utilized and popularized in China to improve the quality of life of millions of patients with secondary lower limb lymphedema.

Keywords: lymphedema, gynecologic cancer, complex decongestive therapy, manual lymphatic drainage, bandage compression therapy, functional exercise

How to Cite:

Liu, F. & Liu, N. & Wang, L. & Chen, J. & Han, L. & Yu, Z. & Sun, D., (2022) “TREATMENT OF SECONDARY LOWER LIMB LYMPHEDEMA AFTER GYNECOLOGIC CANCER WITH COMPLEX DECONGESTIVE THERAPY”, Lymphology 54(3), p.122-132. doi: https://doi.org/10.2458/lymph.4786

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Published on
04 Jan 2022
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