Risk of Lymphedema with TAH/BSO & Lymphadenectomy

Last Modified: July 18, 2008

Question:

Dear OncoLink "Ask The Experts,"

What is the risk of lymphedema following a complete lymphadenectomy accompanying TAH BSO? How well documented, prospectively, is the occurrence of lymphedema in this patient population?

Answer:

Christina S. Chu, MD, Assistant Professor of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, responds:

The incidence of lymphedema following pelvic lymph node sampling and hysterectomy for treatment of endometrial cancer varies from about 2% to 11%, according to retrospective studies. The incidence likely varies depending on how much lymphatic tissue was removed.

See this previous question about lower extremity lymphedema.


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