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Practical Solutions for Lymphaticovenous Anastomosis.
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PMID:  22932935     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Lymphedema is a chronic debilitating disease affecting a considerable part of the population that results from impairment of the lymphatic system. Lymphovenous anastomosis (LVA), a technique that attempts to achieve a physiologic lymphatic load of the edematous limb, is an accepted treatment. Techniques make anastomosis of 0.3 to 0.8 mm lymphatics to subdermal veins possible, but it is a challenge for microsurgeons because it requires a high degree of concentration and skill. An associated problem that we sometimes face when doing LVA is the absence of suitable veins in the proximity of an ideal lymphatic vessel. In situations like this, the presence of large veins with a higher diameter than the lymphatics is an alternative to consider. In these cases, end-to-side anastomosis is recommended. We describe a helpful technique to perform end-to-side LVA, using a thin catheter to create a round hole in the lateral wall of subdermal veins having the same diameter as the neighboring lymphatic that is going to be anastomosed. We also describe our personal modification of the intravascular stenting technique.
Jose M Lasso; Rosa Perez Cano
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-8-29
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of reconstructive microsurgery     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1098-8947     ISO Abbreviation:  J Reconstr Microsurg     Publication Date:  2012 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-8-30     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8502670     Medline TA:  J Reconstr Microsurg     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Thieme Medical Publishers 333 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001, USA.
Department of Plastic Surgery, Hospital Gregorio Marañon, Madrid, Spain.
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