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A Case Report of Nerve Entrapment Syndrome with Lymphedema (림프부종에 의한 신경포착증후군: 증례 보고)

  • Kim, Hong-Ryul;Ahn, Duck-Sun
    • Archives of Plastic Surgery
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    • v.37 no.1
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    • pp.95-98
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    • 2010
  • Purpose: One of the most common cause of upper extremity lymphedema is breast cancer surgery. We experienced the nerve entrapment syndrome which was associated with postmastectomy lymphedema. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case report of lymphedema induced nerve entrapment syndrome on upper extremity in Korea. Methods: A 54-year-old woman presented with a tingling sensation on her right hand, which had been present for 1 year. On her history, she had a postmastectomy lymphedema on her right upper extremity for 20 years. Initial electromyography (EMG) showed that the ampulitude of the median, ulnar, and dorsal ulnar cutaneous nerve were decreased, and conduction block was also seen in median nerve across the wrist. In needle EMG, incomplete interference patterns were observed in the muscles innervated by median and ulnar nerves. In conclusion, electrophysiologic study and clinical findings suggested right median and ulnar neuropathy below the elbow. Therefore, we performed surgical procedures, which were release of carpal tunnel, Guyon's canal, and cubital tunnel. Results: The postoperative course was uneventful until the first two years. The tingling sensation and claw hand deformity were improved, however, the motor function decreased progressively. In 7 years after the operation, patient could not flex her wrist and thumb sufficiently. EMG which was performed recently showed that ulnar motor response was of low ampulitude. Moreover, median, ulnar, dorsal ulnar cutaneous, lateral antecubital cutaneous and median antebrachial cutaneous sensory response were unobtainable. Abnormal spontaneous activities were observed in upper arm muscles. In conclusion, multiple neuropathies were eventually developed at above elbow level. Conclusion: On treating nerve entrapments associated with lymphedema, medical professionals should be fully aware of the possibility of unpredictable results after the surgery, because of the pathophysiologic traits of chronic lymphedema.

Radiation Treatment of Postmastectomy Lymphangiosarcoma (유방 철제술후 임파육종의 치료 1예)

  • Choi, Ihl-Bong;Kim, Mi-Hee;Gil, Hak-Jun;Kim, Chun-Yul;Bahk, Yong-Whee
    • Radiation Oncology Journal
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    • v.6 no.1
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    • pp.81-84
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    • 1988
  • Since the entity of postmastectomy lymphangiosarcoma was first reported by Stewart and Treves in 1948, postmastectomy lymphangiosarcoma has become a well recognized, uncommon malignant tumor which occurs in the upper extremity following mastectomy for mammary carcinoma. The postmastectomy lymphangiosarcoma occurred at an average age of 63.9 years and at an average of 10 years and 3 months following mastectomy. The lymphangiosarcoma raised from blood and lymphatic vessel. The histologic appearance has been observed edematous dermiss and dilated lymphatics lining with malignant cells. Most authors recommend radical amputation for treatment, either shoulder disarticulation or forequarter amputation. Other modalities of treatment including radiotherapy were considered as ineffetive. The present report provides a case of the regression of postmastectomy lymphangiosarcoma with chronic lymphedema by external irradiation. Radiation therapy was used as primary therapy. Total tumor dose of 6500 cGy in 9 wks was delivered using 6 MV x-ray and 8 MeV electron.

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Acupotomy and venesection in Upper Limb Lymphedema and Peripheral neuropathy following Breast Cancer Surgery (유방암 수술 후 발생한 림프부종과 말초신경병증에 대한 도침술과 정맥자락술 집중치료 증례보고)

  • Jang, Eun-Ha;Kim, So-Yeon;Kim, Hyun-Sik;Kim, Sung-Chul
    • Journal of Pharmacopuncture
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    • v.12 no.4
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    • pp.119-126
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    • 2009
  • Purpose: In order to estimate clinical effects of acupotomy and venesection in a patient with peripheral neuropathy and upper limb lymphedema following breast cancer surgery. Methods: From 17th August, 2009 to 29th August 2009, 1 female patient with peripheral neuropathy and upper limb lymphedema following breast cancer surgery was treated with general oriental medicine therapy(acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, physical therapy, herbal medication) and acupotomy with venesection. Results: The patient's chief complaints- Lt hand numbness, Lt arm edema, Lt. wrist flexion limitation - were notably improved. Conclusions : This study demonstrates that oriental medical treatment with acupotomy and venesection therapy has significant effect in improving symptoms of peripheral neuropathy and upper limb lymphedema following breast cancer surgery, as though we had not wide experience in this treatment, more research is needed.

Angiosarcoma in a Chronically Lymphedematous Leg - Stewart-Treves Syndrome - (하지의 만성 림프부종에 발생한 혈관육종 - Stewart-Treves 증후군 -)

  • Chun, Young-Soo;Shim, Hee-Seok
    • The Journal of the Korean bone and joint tumor society
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    • v.15 no.2
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    • pp.178-183
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    • 2009
  • Angiosarcoma is a very rare disease of soft tissue sarcoma, and angiosarcoma arising in a region of chronic lymphedema is referred to as Stewart-Treves syndrome. it typically occurs in postmastectomy lymphedema of the arm and sporadically in a lymphedematous leg. The prognosis, even with wide surgical excision and subsequent radiotherapy, is poor. The authors experienced a case of angiosarcoma in a chronically lymphedematous leg which had undergone hysterectomy due to cervical cancer 17 years ago and lymphedema of leg persists for about 16 years. We report a case of angiosarcoma with a brief review of the literature.

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