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E-IJD-CASE REPORT
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 60  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 106

Acquired lymphangiectasis following surgery and radiotherapy of breast cancer


Department of Dermatology, SVS Medical College, Mahbubnagar, Andhra Pradesh, India

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Angoori Gnaneshwar Rao
Department of Dermatology, SVS Medical College Mahbubnagar, Andhra Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5154.147880

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Acquired lymphangiectasia (AL) is a significant and rare complication of surgery and radiotherapy. We report lymphangiectasia in a 40-year-old woman who had undergone radical mastectomy and radiotherapy. After 4 years of combined therapy, she developed multiple vesicles and bullae. Skin biopsy confirmed the diagnosis of lymphangiectasia. The case is unique as it is not associated with lymphedema, which is a usual accompaniment of lymphangiectasia following surgery and radiotherapy. AL is usually asymptomatic, but trauma may cause recurrent cellulitis. Treatment modalities include electrodessication, surgical excision, sclerotherapy and carbon dioxide laser ablation.


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