Ovarian cancer, lymphedema, cellulitis and inflammation

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Ovarian cancer, lymphedema, cellulitis and inflammation

Postby patoco » Fri Feb 16, 2007 12:30 am

A case of cellulitis that complicated lymphedema of the lower limb and produced systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS).

*** This short little abstract is important for three specific reasons.

1.) It demonstrates surgery for ovarian cancer can and does lead to lymphedema.

2.) Cellulitis is a common complication of lymphedema

3.) Cellulitis itself can produce systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS).

We are beginning to see a deeper understand of lymphedema and the entire inflammatory response mechanism of our body. I am excited about this and look forward to further research.

The inflammatory process plays a key role in autoimmune disorders as well, and it stuns me just how many lymphedema people also have an acommpanying autoimmune problem.

The abstract:

A case of cellulitis that complicated lymphedema of the lower limb and produced systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS).

Eur J Gynaecol Oncol. 2006

Kasai-Sakamoto A,
Yokoyama Y,
Mizunuma H.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Hirosaki University School of Medicine, Hirosaki, Aomori, Japan.

This is the first report describing lymphedema of the lower limb after surgery for ovarian cancer complicated by severe cellulitis with systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS). Debridement of the lesion and a split-thickness graft were required for a complete cure. Although lymphedema as a complication after surgery for gynecologic malignancies is prone to be considered less serious on the medical side, it is considered necessary to treat lymphedema of the lower limbs while it is still in a mild state since severe cellulitis may accompany lymphedema, as in the present case.

PMID: 17009642 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/quer ... med_docsum

See also:

Arm and Leg Swelling After Cancer

http://www.lymphedemapeople.com/thesite ... Cancer.htm

Cervical cancer, ovarian cancer and lymphedema

http://www.lymphedemapeople.com/phpBB2/ ... .php?t=152

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