Clinical Nuclear medicine– Lymphoscintigraphy in the evaluation of limb edema
Publication Type:Journal Article
Source:Clinical Nuclear Medicine, Volume 38, Number 11, p.891-903 (2013)
Keywords:article, chylous ascites, gamma camera, human, lymph flow, lymphedema, lymphoscintigraphy, magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography, nuclear magnetic resonance imaging, peripheral edema, sinus histiocytosis, technetium sulfur colloid tc 99m
ABSTRACT: Lymphedema is a chronic condition caused by ineffective lymphatic transport that results in edema and skin damage. Distinguishing lymphedema from other causes can be difficult. Lymphoscintigraphy is a simple and noninvasive functional test for the evaluation of the lymphatic system. Technetium-labeled sulfur colloid is injected intradermally at the interdigital web spaces of the upper/lower limbs. Once injected, the radiolabeled colloid particles travel through the superficial lymphatic channels. Thus, their lymphatic transport is monitored with dual-head gamma camera. The typical patterns of upper and lower limb lymphedema on lymphoscintigraphy are summarized in this section. Copyright © 2013 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
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