Lymphoscintigraphy unilateral lower limb scrotal lymphedema

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Lymphoscintigraphy unilateral lower limb scrotal lymphedema

Postby patoco » Sat Dec 15, 2012 12:05 pm

Lymphoscintigraphy in unilateral lower limb and scrotal lymphedema caused by filariasis.

Subramanyam P, Palaniswamy SS.

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Department of Nuclear Medicine and PETCT, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Cochin, Kerala, India.

Abstract

Abstract. Lymphedema is the edema that results from chronic lymphatic insufficiency. Lymphatic filariasis is caused by the filarial nematodes Wuchereria bancrofti, Brugia malayi, and Brugia timori. Lymphatic filariasis is common in tropical and subtropical regions. Early diagnosis and prompt therapy can be implemented using lymphoscintigraphy. Our patient is a 15-year-old boy presenting with a 3-month history of hydrocele. The patient was referred to us to rule out any lower limb lymphatic obstruction as the patient is from an endemic area. Tc Sulfur colloid (filtered) lymphoscintigraphy showed abnormal tracer collection in the scrotum and penis. There is associated dermal backflow or stasis in the left thigh region extending just above the knee, suggesting partial obstruction of left inguinal lymphatic channels.

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