Treatment of Lymphorrhea Associated with an Amputation Stump with Lymphaticovenular Anastomosis
Keywords:Amputation Stumps, Anastomosis, Surgical, Lower Extremity, Lymphatic Vessels, Microsurgery
Lower limb lymphorrhea is a condition with a considerable impact on the quality of life. It is usually associated with inguinal lymph node dissection and vascular procedures with femoral exposure. In this case report, we describe a patient who underwent a below-knee amputation and two years later developed lymphorrhea from the stump, preventing adaptation to the prosthesis. Lymphoscintigraphy showed a delayed lymphatic progression. After failure of conservative treatment, she underwent lymphaticovenular anastomosis with a successful outcome. Drainage cessation suggests that lymphaticovenular anastomosis may be an effective treatment for patients with lymphorrhea from and amputation stump, although further studies are required to determine long-term efficacy.
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