Detecting subclinical secondary lymphoedema using bioimpedance: A preliminary study

Maho Takeuchi, Toyoko Yoshizawa, Yuko Kusaka, Yoshihito Furusawa, Yasuka Nakamura, Fumi Atogami, Hitoshi Niikura

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Background: Early intervention is an important facet of the prevention of secondary lymphoedema. However, it is difficult to predict symptoms before swelling becomes clinically significant. Aims: To detect the potential occurrence of secondary lymphoedema due to lymph node dissection (LND) by examining variance in body water composition from pre- to early post-operative phases. Methods: This prospective observational study was carried out on two groups of patients who had undergone gynaecologic surgery, with or without LND (LND and control [CONT] groups, respectively). Weight, lower-limb circumference, and the ratio of extracellular fluid to total body fluid (E/T) were measured preoperatively and on postoperative day 7 (POD 7). Results: Eighteen patients completed the study (LND group, 12; CONT group, 6). Two patients in the LND group had genital swelling on POD7. In the LND group, a significant increase in E/T in the right leg and body trunk was observed. Conclusion: Early changes in LND group E/T were observed. Further studies are required to develop a reliable index for predicting the occurrence of lymphoedema.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-20
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Lymphoedema
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Bioimpedance analysis
  • Early assessment
  • Secondary lymphoedema


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