Postmastectomy lymphedema: The other side of the coin

D. Dini, G. Bertelli, G. Forno, A. Gozza, A. Catturich, F. Carli

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A patient mastectomized in 1967 subsequently developed a slowly progressing lymphedema of her upper limb, complicated by paralysis due to lesion of the brachial plexus. Repeated infections and poor compliance to conservative treatments transformed the limb in an elephantiasic, non-functional appendix which was finally amputated. The causes of therapeutic failure in this patient and the pitfalls of lymphedema management are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-64
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of Lymphology and Related Problems
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 1993


  • brachial plexus neuropathy
  • breast cancer, surgery for
  • postmastectomy lymphedema

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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