Lymphedema
September 2018 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.

We will continue to update you with the latest scientific and clinical developments through the Medifocus Digest Alert on Lymphedema every 3 months. Thank you for your ongoing subscription to this publication.

Elliot Jacob, Ph.D.
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1:Vascularized lymph node transfer for treatment of extremity lymphedema: An overview of current controversies regarding donor sites, recipient sites and outcomes.
Authors:Pappalardo M, Patel K, Cheng MH
Institution:Division of Reconstructive Microsurgery, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Chang Gung University, College of Medicine, Taoyuan, Taiwan. Sciences, University of Palermo, Palermo, Italy. California, Los Angeles, California.
Journal:J Surg Oncol. 2018 Jun;117(7):1420-1431. doi: 10.1002/jso.25034. Epub 2018 Mar 24.

2:Double vascularized omentum lymphatic transplant (VOLT) for the treatment of lymphedema.
Authors:Kenworthy EO, Nelson JA, Verma R, Mbabuike J, Mehrara BJ, Dayan JH
Institution:Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York. York. York. York. York. York.
Journal:J Surg Oncol. 2018 Jun;117(7):1413-1419. doi: 10.1002/jso.25033. Epub 2018 Mar 8.

3:Staged surgical treatment of extremity lymphedema with dual gastroepiploic vascularized lymph node transfers followed by suction-assisted lipectomy-A prospective study.
Authors:Agko M, Ciudad P, Chen HC
Institution:Department of Plastic Surgery, China Medical University Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan.
Journal:J Surg Oncol. 2018 May;117(6):1148-1156. doi: 10.1002/jso.24969. Epub 2018 Jan 22.

4:Effects of Kinesio Taping on breast cancer-related lymphedema: A meta-analysis in clinical trials.
Authors:Kasawara KT, Mapa JMR, Ferreira V, Added MAN, Shiwa SR, Carvas N Jr, Batista PA
Institution:a Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology , University of Campinas , Campinas , Brazil. Public Service , Sao Paulo , Brazil.
Journal:Physiother Theory Pract. 2018 May;34(5):337-345. doi: 10.1080/09593985.2017.1419522. Epub 2018 Jan 8.

5:Long term effects of manual lymphatic drainage and active exercises on physical morbidities, lymphoscintigraphy parameters and lymphedema formation in patients operated due to breast cancer: A clinical trial.
Authors:Oliveira MMF, Gurgel MSC, Amorim BJ, Ramos CD, Derchain S, Furlan-Santos N, Dos Santos CC, Sarian LO
Institution:Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology- University of Campinas, School of Medicine, Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil.; Department of Nuclear Medicine and Radiology, University of Campinas, School of Medicine, Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Journal:PLoS One. 2018 Jan 5;13(1):e0189176. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0189176. eCollection 2018.

6:The effect of relaxation techniques on edema, anxiety and depression in post-mastectomy lymphedema patients undergoing comprehensive decongestive therapy: A clinical trial.
Authors:Abbasi B, Mirzakhany N, Angooti Oshnari L, Irani A, Hosseinzadeh S, Tabatabaei SM, Haghighat S
Institution:School of Rehabilitation Sciences, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. Sciences, Tehran, Iran. Sciences, Tehran, Iran. Sciences, Tehran, Iran. University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
Journal:PLoS One. 2018 Jan 5;13(1):e0190231. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0190231. eCollection 2018.

7:Surgical Intervention for Lymphedema.
Authors:Gallagher K, Marulanda K, Gray S
Institution:Department of Surgery, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Campus Box 7213, 1150 POB, 170 Manning Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7123, USA. Electronic address: Kristalyn_gallagher@med.unc.edu.
Journal:Surg Oncol Clin N Am. 2018 Jan;27(1):195-215. doi: 10.1016/j.soc.2017.08.001.

8:Usability of advanced pneumatic compression to treat cancer-related head and neck lymphedema: A feasibility study.
Authors:Mayrovitz HN, Ryan S, Hartman JM
Institution:Department of Physiology, College of Medical Sciences, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Journal:Head Neck. 2018 Jan;40(1):137-143. doi: 10.1002/hed.24995. Epub 2017 Nov 13.

9:Upper limb lymphedema in breast cancer patients in the era of Z0011, sentinel lymph node biopsy and breast conservation.
Authors:Bhatt NR, Boland MR, McGovern R, Lal A, Tormey S, Lowery AJ, Merrigan BA
Institution:Department of Breast Surgery, University Hospital Limerick, Limerick, Ireland. anne.merrigan@hse.ie. anne.merrigan@hse.ie.
Journal:Ir J Med Sci. 2018 May;187(2):327-331. doi: 10.1007/s11845-017-1658-0. Epub 2017 Jul 27.

10:Comprehensive review of vascularized lymph node transfers for lymphedema: Outcomes and complications.
Authors:Scaglioni MF, Arvanitakis M, Chen YC, Giovanoli P, Chia-Shen Yang J, Chang EI
Institution:Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and Chang Gung University College of Medicine, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.; Department of Plastic and Hand Surgery, University Hospital Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.; Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX.
Journal:Microsurgery. 2018 Feb;38(2):222-229. doi: 10.1002/micr.30079. Epub 2016 Jun 7.

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