Early Stage Lymphedema in Breast Cancer Patient Detected by Indocyanine Green Lymphography but not by Lymphoscintigraphy: A Case Report

Jin A Yoon, Myung Jun Shin, Young Jin Choi, Joo Hyoung Kim, Taewoo Kang, Heeseung Park
2019 Journal of Breast Disease  
Secondary upper extremity lymphedema after lymph node dissection in breast cancer patients is a major complication affecting their quality of life. As lymphatic function is compromised before symptoms develop in most cases, early diagnosis and intervention before symptomatic manifestation is known to prevent severe progression of lymphedema. In this case report, we present a patient with secondary lymphedema, whose disease could be diagnosed at an early stage using indocyanine green (ICG)
more » ... e green (ICG) lymphography. The patient had mild edema of the left upper extremity that regressed with elevation, had normal lymph vessel distribution without dermal backflow pattern in lymphoscintigraphy. Her symptom improved after early prescription of complex decongestive physiotherapy. We conclude that ICG lymphography could be an effective diagnostic tool in addition to other imaging methods, for early diagnosis and intervention of lymphedema. CASE REPORT J Breast Dis 2019 December; 7(2): 117-120 https://doi.
doi:10.14449/jbd.2019.7.2.117 fatcat:ys46svzvsrhxlebw4vzdp42k54