Pelvic lymphocele following radical para-aortic and pelvic lymphadenectomy for cervical carcinoma: Incidence rate and percutaneous management

Massimo Conte, Pierluigi Benedetti Panici, Lorenzo Guariglia, Giovanni Scambia, Stefano Greggi, Salvatore Mancuso

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Abstract

Thirty-six women, treated with radical hysterectomy (Piver types III–IV) plus systematic para-aortic and pelvic lymphadenectomy for cervical carcinoma, underwent serial postoperative ultrasound examinations to determine the incidence of lymphocele and the therapeutic efficacy of percutaneous catheter drainage. Pelvic lymphoceles, ranging in volume from 46–300 mL, occurred in eight patients (22.2%) between the 12–24th postoperative day. Percutaneous catheter drainage, inserted under local anesthesia, was used for a mean time of 14.5 days (range 4–32), resulting in a mean daily drainage of 92.2 mL and a mean total volume of 1727.5 mL per patient. Catheter drainage allowed complete clinical and sonographic remission in all cases, and only one asymptomatic recurrence was observed at 3-month and 6-month follow-up. Ultrasound-guided percutaneous catheter drainage has proved to be a well-tolerated, safe, and effective technique in the management of lymphocele that obviates the need for more invasive surgical procedures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)268-271
Number of pages4
JournalObstetrics and Gynecology
Volume76
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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