Photo of lymphedema of arm following breast surgery
If you buy something through a link on this page, we may earn a small commission. How this works. Lymphedema, or lymphatic obstruction, is a long-term condition where excess fluid collects in tissues causing swelling edema. The lymphatic system is a part of the immune system and vital for immune function. Fluid called lymph circulates within the lymphatic system. Lymphedema is typically caused by a blockage of this system.
Background: Arm lymphedema is a common complication after breast cancer treatment. Various types of conservative and surgical treatments have aimed at reducing the arm swelling, but most of these have failed due to chronic edema eventually being transformed from an accumulation of lymph fluid to an increased deposition of subcutaneous fat i. Liposuction is a safe and reliable method for reducing the excess fat without recurring deposition of it. The objective of the present study was to obtain empirical evidence confirming clinical observations of the presence of excess adipose tissue in patients with chronic nonpitting arm lymphedema following breast cancer.
What is lymphoedema? Symptoms of lymphoedema 3. What causes lymphoedema? Treatment for lymphoedema 5.
Lymphedema refers to swelling that generally occurs in one of your arms or legs. Sometimes both arms or both legs swell. Lymphedema is most commonly caused by the removal of or damage to your lymph nodes as a part of cancer treatment. It results from a blockage in your lymphatic system, which is part of your immune system.