Lymphatic abnormalities in the normal contralateral arms of subjects with breast cancer-related lymphedema as assessed by near-infrared fluorescent imaging

Melissa B. Aldrich, Renie Guilliod, Caroline E. Fife, Erik A. Maus, Latisha Smith, John C. Rasmussen, Eva M. Sevick-Muraca

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Abstract

Current treatment of unilateral breast cancer-related lymphedema (BCRL) is only directed to the afflicted arm. Near-infrared fluorescent imaging (NIRF) of arm lymphatic vessel architecture and function in BCRL and control subjects revealed a trend of increased lymphatic abnormalities in both the afflicted and unafflicted arms with increasing time after lymphedema onset. These pilot results show that BCRL may progress to affect the clinically "normal" arm, and suggest that cancer-related lymphedema may become a systemic, rather than local, malady. These findings support further study to understand the etiology of cancer-related lymphedema and lead to better diagnostics and therapeutics directed to the systemic lymphatic system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1256-1265
Number of pages10
JournalBiomedical Optics Express
Volume3
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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