Is it possible for patients who have recurrent breast cancer with chest wall involvement/ brachial plexopathy to use the ReidSleeve for symptomatic relief of lymphedema? Would the pressure cause spread of the disease already in the lymphatics? Would increased pressure on the arm risk the breakdown and oozing of scabbed-over l esions already treated with radiotherapy?
In the treatment protocol you describe that a pressure of 15mmHg should be applied to the patients arm by means of the bladder and the compression gauge. How do you know that this is also the pressure that is applied on the patient's skin. Did you do any research in this field. How did you perform the skin pressure measuremen t, what kind of sensors were used?
General Lymphedema Questions
Vasc Med 1998;3(2):145-56
Lymphedema: classification, diagnosis and therapy.
Szuba A, Rockson SG
I have fairly mild lymphedema of my right arm, hand and fingers, which developed 2 years after a mastectomy, node removal and radiation. About 1 month after the lymphedema developed, I noticed bumps developing on my fingers, especially the lower part of my index finger , near my thumb. I also feel small bumps on all the finge rs on the affected limb. What would cause this to happen?
I had a mastectomy with lymph node dissection of the left breast. I have slight swelling in my left arm but I have continuous pain in my arm and left shoulder. I am waiting on the delivery of a compression sleeve at the durable medical office. My question is, can the pain and discomfort be alleviated by use of the compression sleeve or should I be searching for some other reason for the pain?
I have recently had a mastectomy. Is there any information with regard to air travel and Lymphedema? I might need to travel on very long flights, for example, 36 hrs to Europe from Australia. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
For a review, see Ankle Injuries in Athletes by Leonard Wilkerson. PrimaryCare, 19:377.
Is it possible to have lymphedema and not have visible swelling? Following a mastectomy and lymph node dissection my arm and side have been in pain for a 14-months. Doctor said he saw no swelling so no lymphedema. It FEELS like everything inside the arm pit and upper arm is swollen even if it doesn't look like it! Could the R eidSleeve help?
I have edema in my legs and feet, but I generally retain a lot of water anyway. Yesterday, I sprung a leak. Above the knee, inside my thigh, water started dripping out of my leg. It started yesterday morning and is still doing it. I had to put a cloth over it to keep it from getting all over the place. Is this normal? I'm wor ried because it's still doing it. I spent the day with my feet up, hoping that would help. Could you please tell me what this is all about? The hole is very tiny and can hardly be seen.
In 1991, I underwent surgery in my left lower arm near elbow. Whenever I pressed the affected area, it was painful and it was like a cyst. Doctor called it, Hemangioma. It was not cancerous either after undergone biopsy. After two years, in the same area, the cyst like thing is again visible and it was also painful. For the s econd time around, I had an operation. This time, they called it Lymphoma. The 'cyst-like thing' was like a fat. They had it biopsied and it was found negative. Now, after 15 years, there's a swollen area beside the operated one and it is painful whenever I pressed. I noticed also that the skin coloring of the affected one is somewhat lighter than the surrounding skin. I am planning to consult my doctor about this. I am bothered. Is this Lymphedema? I noticed that treatment of this does not require surgery .
For further information on lymphedema and infection and growth factors see: Curr Opin Oncol 1997 Sep;9(5):433-9
I have mild lymphedema as a result of mastectomy of the left breast, I would like to know more about the endothelial growth factor applied to lymphogenesis, who is working in that field, and if they are doing human trials?