Lymph node transplantation for the treatment of lymphedema

Daniel J. Gould, Babak J. Mehrara, Peter Neligan, Ming Huei Cheng, Ketan M. Patel*

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Lymphedema is a complex disease process with deranged lymphatic transport, fluid accumulation and secondary lipedema and fibrosis. This is a challenging disease to treat with a surgical focus on debulking and physiologic strategies. One strategy is the use of vascularized lymph node transplant (VLNT) to improve physiologic lymph clearance. In this article, VLNT is discussed in detail, including mechanisms, combined strategies, and outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)736-742
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Surgical Oncology
Issue number5
StatePublished - 01 10 2018
Externally publishedYes

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  • lymphatic surgery
  • lymphedema
  • vascularized lymph node transplant (VLNT)


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