Lymphedema
September 2021 Issue
 
 
 

Nearly every major medical breakthrough over the past 50 years can be attributed to new discoveries that were made possible through meticulous biomedical research. Many diseases and conditions that previously took a heavy toll on patients in terms of both morbidity and mortality are now either treatable or preventable thanks in large part to painstaking research that expanded the frontiers of scientific knowledge and moved the most promising basic research developments into tangible health benefits through human clinical trails. Ongoing research is also the key that will open the door to additional major medical advances and breakthroughs in the future.

Our staff at Medifocus is committed to keeping our subscribers to the Medifocus Digest Alert on Lymphedema abreast of the latest new research developments that have recently been published in the medical literature for this condition. In this issue of the Digest Alert, you will find a focused list of hand-picked journal article references that represent the latest advances in basic and clinical research for Lymphedema. These articles represent the current state-of-the-art of the research that will hopefully lead to additional major advances and breakthroughs in the clinical management of Lymphedema. You can access the summaries of each article referenced below by simply clicking on the article Title.

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1:American Society of Breast Surgeons' Practice Patterns for Patients at Risk and Affected by Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema.
Authors:DeSnyder SM, Yi M, Boccardo F, Feldman S, Klimberg VS, Smith M, Thiruchelvam PTR, McLaughlin S
Institution:Department of Breast Surgical Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA. sgainer@mdanderson.org. Center, Houston, TX, USA. Center, Houston, TX, USA.
Journal:Ann Surg Oncol. 2021 Oct;28(10):5742-5751. doi: 10.1245/s10434-021-10494-0. Epub 2021 Jul 31.

2:Integrated Treatment of Breast Cancer-related Lymphedema: A Descriptive Review of the State of the Art.
Authors:Marchica P, D'Arpa S, Magno S, Rossi C, Forcina L, Capizzi V, Oieni S, Amato C, Piazza D, Gebbia V
Institution:Plastic Surgery Unit, University of Padua, Padua, Italy. IRCCS, Rome, Italy. IRCCS, Rome, Italy. IRCCS, Rome, Italy. for Cancer, Palermo, Italy.
Journal:Anticancer Res. 2021 Jul;41(7):3233-3246. doi: 10.21873/anticanres.15109. Epub 2021 Jul 5.

3:The Learning Curve: Trends in the First 100 Immediate Lymphatic Reconstructions Performed at a Single Institution.
Authors:Le NK, Weinstein B, Serraneau K, Tavares T, Laronga C, Panetta N
Institution:From the Department of Plastic Surgery, Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida. South Florida. South Florida.
Journal:Ann Plast Surg. 2021 Jun 1;86(6S Suppl 5):S495-S497. doi: 10.1097/SAP.0000000000002884.

4:Combined Liposuction and Physiologic Treatment Achieves Durable Limb Volume Normalization in Class II-III Lymphedema: A Treatment Algorithm to Optimize Outcomes.
Authors:Brazio PS, Nguyen DH
Institution:From the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA.
Journal:Ann Plast Surg. 2021 May 1;86(5S Suppl 3):S384-S389. doi: 10.1097/SAP.0000000000002695.

5:State-of-the-Art Lymphedema Surgery Treatment Program.
Authors:Skladman R, Anolik RA, Sacks JM
Institution:Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. Missouri. Missouri.
Journal:Mo Med. 2021 Mar-Apr;118(2):134-140.

6:Rethinking decongestive lymphoedema treatment during the pandemic.
Authors:Everett J, Lawrance S, Phillips N
Institution:Lymphoedema Clinical Nurse Specialist, St Teresa's Hospice, Darlington.
Journal:Br J Community Nurs. 2021 Apr 1;26(Sup4):S16-S22. doi: 10.12968/bjcn.2021.26.Sup4.S16.

7:Non-cancer-related lower limb lymphoedema in complex decongestive therapy: the patient experience.
Authors:Costello M, Moore Z, Avsar P, Nugent L, O'Connor T, Patton D
Institution:Laois/Offaly PHN service, Ireland. University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dublin, Ireland. University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dublin, Ireland. University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dublin, Ireland. University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dublin, Ireland. University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dublin, Ireland.
Journal:J Wound Care. 2021 Mar 2;30(3):225-233. doi: 10.12968/jowc.2021.30.3.225.

8:Use of magnetic resonance imaging lymphangiography for preoperative planning in lymphedema surgery: A systematic review.
Authors:Forte AJ, Boczar D, Huayllani MT, Avila FR, Guliyeva G, Lu X, Mash WR, Kung TA
Institution:Division of Plastic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida, USA. Connecticut, USA. Michigan, USA.
Journal:Microsurgery. 2021 May;41(4):384-390. doi: 10.1002/micr.30731. Epub 2021 Mar 12.

9:Longitudinal impact of postmastectomy radiotherapy on arm lymphedema in patients with breast cancer: An analysis of serial changes in arm volume measured by infrared optoelectronic volumetry.
Authors:Kim N, Kim H, Hwang JH, Park W, Cho WK, Yeo SM, Lee H, Lee SK
Institution:Department of Radiation Oncology, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea. School of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea. Electronic address: haeyoung0131.kim@samsung.com. Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea. Electronic address: hwanglee@skku.edu. School of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea. School of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea. Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea. School of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea. Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea.
Journal:Radiother Oncol. 2021 May;158:167-174. doi: 10.1016/j.radonc.2021.02.033. Epub 2021 Mar 3.

10:Prevalence and predictors of breast cancer-related arm lymphedema over a 10-year period in postoperative breast cancer patients: A cross-sectional study.
Authors:Liu YF, Liu JE, Mak YW, Zhu Y, Qiu H, Liu LH, Yang SS, Chen SH
Institution:School of Nursing, Capital Medical University, No. 10, Xitoutiao, You An Men Wai, Feng-Tai District, Beijing, China; School of Nursing, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Yuk Choi Road, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China. School of Nursing, Capital Medical University, No. 10, Xitoutiao, You An Men Wai, Feng-Tai District, Beijing, China.
Journal:Eur J Oncol Nurs. 2021 Apr;51:101909. doi: 10.1016/j.ejon.2021.101909. Epub 2021 Feb 8.

11:Evaluating the Impact of Immediate Lymphatic Reconstruction for the Surgical Prevention of Lymphedema.
Authors:Johnson AR, Fleishman A, Granoff MD, Shillue K, Houlihan MJ, Sharma R, Kansal KJ, Teller P, James TA, Lee BT, Singhal D
Institution:From the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the Departments of Rehabilitation Services and Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School; and the Division of Surgical Oncology, Maine Medical Center. Rehabilitation Services and Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School; and the Division of Surgical Oncology, Maine Medical Center. Rehabilitation Services and Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School; and the Division of Surgical Oncology, Maine Medical Center. Rehabilitation Services and Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School; and the Division of Surgical Oncology, Maine Medical Center. Rehabilitation Services and Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School; and the Division of Surgical Oncology, Maine Medical Center. Rehabilitation Services and Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School; and the Division of Surgical Oncology, Maine Medical Center. Rehabilitation Services and Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School; and the Division of Surgical Oncology, Maine Medical Center. Rehabilitation Services and Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School; and the Division of Surgical Oncology, Maine Medical Center. Rehabilitation Services and Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School; and the Division of Surgical Oncology, Maine Medical Center. Rehabilitation Services and Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School; and the Division of Surgical Oncology, Maine Medical Center. Rehabilitation Services and Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School; and the Division of Surgical Oncology, Maine Medical Center.
Journal:Plast Reconstr Surg. 2021 Mar 1;147(3):373e-381e. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000007636.

12:Lymphatic Tissue Engineering: A Further Step for Successful Lymphedema Treatment.
Authors:Spörlein A, Will PA, Kilian K, Gazyakan E, Sacks JM, Kneser U, Hirche C
Institution:Department of Hand, Plastic, and Reconstructive Surgery, Microsurgery, Burn Center, BG Trauma Center Ludwigshafen, University of Heidelberg, Germany. BG Trauma Center Ludwigshafen, University of Heidelberg, Germany. BG Trauma Center Ludwigshafen, University of Heidelberg, Germany. BG Trauma Center Ludwigshafen, University of Heidelberg, Germany. University, St. Louis, Missouri. BG Trauma Center Ludwigshafen, University of Heidelberg, Germany. BG Trauma Center Ludwigshafen, University of Heidelberg, Germany. Frankfurt, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany.
Journal:J Reconstr Microsurg. 2021 Jul;37(6):465-474. doi: 10.1055/s-0040-1722760. Epub 2021 Jan 31.

13:Surgical Management of Postmastectomy Lymphedema and Review of the Literature.
Authors:Chen K, Sinelnikov MY, Shchedrina MA, Mu L, Lu P
Institution:From the The First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou, China.
Journal:Ann Plast Surg. 2021 Mar 1;86(3S Suppl 2):S173-S176. doi: 10.1097/SAP.0000000000002642.

14:Risk Factors for Lymphedema After Breast Conservation Therapy and Oncoplastic Reduction.
Authors:Gowda AU, Nie J, Mets E, Alperovich M, Avraham T
Institution:From the Department of Surgery, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT.
Journal:Ann Plast Surg. 2021 Sep 1;87(3):248-252. doi: 10.1097/SAP.0000000000002630.

15:Patient-reported outcomes following lymph reconstructive surgery in lower limb lymphedema: A systematic review of literature.
Authors:Grünherz L, Hulla H, Uyulmaz S, Giovanoli P, Lindenblatt N
Institution:Department of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery, University Hospital Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland. Switzerland. Switzerland. Switzerland. Switzerland. Electronic address: nicole.lindenblatt@usz.ch.
Journal:J Vasc Surg Venous Lymphat Disord. 2021 May;9(3):811-819.e2. doi: 10.1016/j.jvsv.2020.11.022. Epub 2020 Dec 10.

16:Patient-Reported Outcome Measures in Lymphedema: A Systematic Review and COSMIN Analysis.
Authors:Beelen LM, van Dishoeck AM, Tsangaris E, Coriddi M, Dayan JH, Pusic AL, Klassen A, Vasilic D
Institution:Department of Surgery, Patient-Reported Outcome, Value and Experience (PROVE) Center, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA, USA. l.beelen@erasmusmc.nl. Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. l.beelen@erasmusmc.nl. Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Center, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA, USA. Center, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA, USA. Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Journal:Ann Surg Oncol. 2021 Mar;28(3):1656-1668. doi: 10.1245/s10434-020-09346-0. Epub 2020 Nov 28.

17:Decreasing donor site morbidity after groin vascularized lymph node transfer with lessons learned from a 12-year experience and review of the literature.
Authors:Hamdi M, Ramaut L, De Baerdemaeker R, Zeltzer A
Institution:Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Brussels University Hospital, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), UZB - Laarbeeklaan 101, 1090 Brussels, Belgium. Electronic address: moustapha.hamdi@uzbrussel.be. Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), UZB - Laarbeeklaan 101, 1090 Brussels, Belgium. Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), UZB - Laarbeeklaan 101, 1090 Brussels, Belgium. Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), UZB - Laarbeeklaan 101, 1090 Brussels, Belgium.
Journal:J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2021 Mar;74(3):540-548. doi: 10.1016/j.bjps.2020.10.012. Epub 2020 Oct 24.

18:Physical activity level, exercise behavior, barriers, and preferences of patients with breast cancer-related lymphedema.
Authors:Yildiz Kabak V, Gursen C, Aytar A, Akbayrak T, Duger T
Institution:Faculty of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, Hacettepe University, Sıhhiye, 06100, Ankara, Turkey. vesile_yldz@hotmail.com. 06100, Ankara, Turkey. 06100, Ankara, Turkey. 06100, Ankara, Turkey.
Journal:Support Care Cancer. 2021 Jul;29(7):3593-3602. doi: 10.1007/s00520-020-05858-3. Epub 2020 Nov 10.

19:Assessment of quality of life changes in patients with lower extremity lymphedema using an advanced pneumatic compression device at home.
Authors:Maldonado TS, Rokosh RS, Padberg F, Rotella V, Miller H, Nassiri N, Jacobowitz G, Berland T, Sadek M, Barfield ME
Institution:Division of Vascular Surgery, Department of Surgery, NYU Langone Health and Manhattan Veterans Affairs Hospital, New York City, NY. Electronic address: thomas.maldonado@nyulangone.org. Manhattan Veterans Affairs Hospital, New York City, NY. Veterans Affairs Hospital, East Orange, NJ. Affairs Hospital, Brooklyn, NY. Affairs Hospital, Brooklyn, NY. Affairs Connecticut Healthcare System, New Haven, Conn. Manhattan Veterans Affairs Hospital, New York City, NY. Manhattan Veterans Affairs Hospital, New York City, NY. Manhattan Veterans Affairs Hospital, New York City, NY. Manhattan Veterans Affairs Hospital, New York City, NY.
Journal:J Vasc Surg Venous Lymphat Disord. 2021 May;9(3):745-752. doi: 10.1016/j.jvsv.2020.10.013. Epub 2020 Oct 31.

20:The Risk of Subclinical Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema by the Extent of Axillary Surgery and Regional Node Irradiation: A Randomized Controlled Trial.
Authors:Boyages J, Vicini FA, Shah C, Koelmeyer LA, Nelms JA, Ridner SH
Institution:Australian Lymphedema Education, Research and Treatment program, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia; Icon Cancer Centre, Wahroonga, New South Wales, Australia. Electronic address: john.boyages@icon.team. Michigan. Cleveland, Ohio. University, Sydney, Australia.
Journal:Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2021 Mar 15;109(4):987-997. doi: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2020.10.024. Epub 2020 Oct 27.

21:The Effects of Clinical and Home-based Physiotherapy Programs in Secondary Head and Neck Lymphedema.
Authors:Ozdemir K, Keser I, Duzlu M, Erpolat OP, Saranli U, Tutar H
Institution:Department of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Health Sciences, Izmir Bakircay University, Izmir, Turkey. Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Faculty of Medicine, Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey.
Journal:Laryngoscope. 2021 May;131(5):E1550-E1557. doi: 10.1002/lary.29205. Epub 2020 Oct 28.

22:Immediate Lymphatic Reconstruction after Axillary Lymphadenectomy: A Single-Institution Early Experience.
Authors:Cook JA, Sasor SE, Loewenstein SN, DeBrock W, Lester M, Socas J, Ludwig KK, Fisher CS, Hassanein AH
Institution:Division of Plastic Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, USA. IN, USA. IN, USA. IN, USA. IN, USA. IN, USA. IN, USA. ahassane@iu.edu.
Journal:Ann Surg Oncol. 2021 Mar;28(3):1381-1387. doi: 10.1245/s10434-020-09104-2. Epub 2020 Sep 9.

23:Risk of Lymphedema Following Contemporary Treatment for Breast Cancer: An Analysis of 7617 Consecutive Patients From a Multidisciplinary Perspective.
Authors:Byun HK, Chang JS, Im SH, Kirova YM, Arsene-Henry A, Choi SH, Cho YU, Park HS, Kim JY, Suh CO, Keum KC, Sohn JH, Kim GM, Lee IJ, Kim JW, Kim YB
Institution:Department of Radiation Oncology, Yonsei Cancer Center, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. Medicine, Seoul, Korea. of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. Medicine, Seoul, Korea. Seoul, Korea. Seoul, Korea. Seoul, Korea. Medicine, Seoul, Korea. Gyeonggi-do, Korea. Medicine, Seoul, Korea. Medicine, Seoul, Korea. Medicine, Seoul, Korea. College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
Journal:Ann Surg. 2021 Jul 1;274(1):170-178. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000003491.

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