Sodium‐24 studies in postmastectomy lymphedema Journal Article


Authors: Scanlon, E. F.; Milland, F. D. P.; Hellman, L.
Article Title: Sodium‐24 studies in postmastectomy lymphedema
Abstract: Seven patients were studied with 24Na to determine the relative disappearance time of the isotope from the postmastectomy lymphedematous arm as compared to the normal side. The results tend to confirm previously held convictions that the edema is usually confined to the subcutaneous fat and skin. The disappearance time (T1/2) of the radioactive sodium from the muscle of the edematous side was usually comparable to that of the control side. The data also indicate that the impairment of fluid drainage from other areas, such as the lateral chest wall, that normally drain into the axilla, is impaired similarly to that of the subcutaneous fat of the arm. Operative procedures designed to relieve the edema of the arm by providing an alternate route of drainage should provide a conduit for the fluid to an area that does not normally drain to the axilla of the affected side. Copyright © 1990 Wiley‐Liss, Inc., A Wiley Company
Keywords: adult; clinical article; comparative study; mastectomy; lymphedema; radioisotope; drainage; injections, intramuscular; arm; human; female; priority journal; article; postmastectomy arm swelling; swollen arm isotope studies; tracing arm edema; sodium 24; sodium radioisotopes
Journal Title: Journal of Surgical Oncology
Volume: 44
Issue: 1
ISSN: 0022-4790
Publisher: Wiley Blackwell  
Date Published: 1990-05-01
Start Page: 47
End Page: 51
Language: English
DOI: 10.1002/jso.2930440111
PUBMED: 2342375
PROVIDER: scopus
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Notes: Article -- Export Date: 27 January 2020 -- Source: Scopus
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