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Body Composition Analysis: A Useful Tool In Selecting The Proper Treatment For Lymphedema
Xiao Long, M.D., Nanze Yu, M.D., Xiaojun Wang, MD.
Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Beijing, China.

PURPOSE: To study the clinical application of body composition analysis in lymphedema patients.
METHODS: 25 patients who suffered single extremity lymphedema received body composition analysis and bioimpedance before and 3 months post lymphatic-venous anastomosis or liposuction. The percentage of each extremity’s fat, bone, protein and liquid were calculated pre and post surgery. SPSS 13.0 was used to analyze the data.
RESULTS:Patients with higher percent of liquid than normal side received lymphatic-venous anastomosis. Patients had significant higher percent of fat in the affected extremity than the normal side received liposuction instead. At 3 months post operation, 93.2% of all the patients had lower percent of liquid or fat accumulation as well as bioimpedance in the affected extremity.
CONCLUSION: Body composition analysis is a non-invasive and easy performed method in evaluating lymphedema and a useful tool in selecting the proper treatment with low cost.


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