Lymphedema in the postmastectomy patient: Pathophysiology, prevention, and management

Amy E. Rivere, V. Suzanne Klimberg

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

5 Scopus citations


Lymphedema is the most dreaded complication of breast cancer surgery. It may result in functional, esthetic, and psychological problems, thereby affecting the quality of life of the breast cancer patient. It also predisposes patients to development of infections, decreased functional ability and range of motion, and potential development of malignant lymphangiosarcoma (Stewart-Treves syndrome). It adversely affects quality of life, job performance and health care costs. This chapter covers anatomy, pathophysiology, risk factors and incidence, measurement techniques, conservative management, prevention, and operative techniques.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Breast
Subtitle of host publicationComprehensive Management of Benign and Malignant Diseases
PublisherElsevier Inc.
ISBN (Print)9780323359559
StatePublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Axillary reverse mapping
  • Bioimpedance
  • Lymph node transfer
  • Lymphedema
  • Lymphovenous anastomoses
  • Sentinel lymph node

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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