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Lymphedema of Upper Limb

Details of the Patient

  • Patient's Name: AA
  • Patient's Age: 48
  • Patient's Gender: female

Symptoms shown by the Patient

  • swelling of her left upper limb since last 10 years

An Overview of the Case

This cheerful lady, in her sixties, presented with swelling of her left upper limb since last 10 years after she underwent surgery for left breast cancer (in 2010). 

The swelling kept increasing with time, while she went on modifying her right-hand dexterity to go about her routine household work without ever complaining. Unaware of the surgical options for this, it reached an extent of growing to the size of about over 4 kgs.


Her family came in a quest for a possible long term solution. Her patient disposition made it easy for her to understand the compliance required post-surgery.



As it was in a late-stage, we debulked the entire upper limb with a combination of liposuction and excision. The entire tissue was removed in a single stage in her case, with a good circumferential reduction.


With the help of regular exercises, compression garment and self-care, she is quite content, uncompromisingly going about her household activities.


Medical Tests Performed

  • debulked the entire upper limb

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