Volume 4, 2018
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Section||Wrist & Hand|
|Published online||27 November 2016|
Post-traumatic massive hand lymphedema fully cured by vascularized lymph node flap transfer
Department of Thoracic Surgery and Lung Transplantation, Paris Descartes University, Hôpital Européen Georges Pompidou, Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris,
2 Department of Radiology, Sorbonne Universités, UPMC University Paris 6, Saint Antoine Hospital, Assistance Publique − Hôpitaux de Paris, Paris, France
3 INSERM UMR-S 1162, Paris, France
* Corresponding author: email@example.com
Accepted: 24 October 2018
Post-traumatic localized hand lymphedema is a rare situation and its diagnosis may be difficult, causing lack of care leading to failure of care. Our case study is of two young women with massive post-traumatic hand lymphedema who were treated for algodystrophy for 2 years, and whose bandages and physiotherapy were unsuccessful. Major social and psychological consequences due to difficulty with diagnosis and management resulting in inappropriate tests and therapeutic treatment were prescribed due to these issues. Noncontrast magnetic resonance lymphography revealed complete lymphatic vessel blockage in the hand and wrist. A vascularized lymph node flap harvested at the groin level was transferred to the elbow level 1 month after local dermolipectomy. These procedures resulted in the restoration of lymphatic flow. Both patients were definitely cured, and they returned to normal life within 6 months after surgery. Lymph node flap transfer associated with dermolipectomy may cure massive localized lymphedema in selected cases.
Key words: Hand traumatism / Lymphedema / Magnetic resonance lymphography / Lymph node flap transfer / Dermolipectomy.
© The Authors, published by EDP Sciences, 2018
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