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The feasibility of a fiber optic laser approach to relieving lymphedematous syndrome: a case report

Authors Palmieri B, Di Cerbo A, Rottigni V, Fistetto G, Iannitti T

Received 22 October 2012

Accepted for publication 13 November 2012

Published 11 February 2013 Volume 2013:6 Pages 85—88

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/OTT.S39420

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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Video abstract presented by Tommaso Iannitti

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Beniamino Palmieri,1,2 Alessandro Di Cerbo,1,2 Valentina Rottigni,1,2 Gregorio Fistetto,2 Tommaso Iannitti2,3

1University of Modena, Department of General Surgery and Surgical Specialties, 2Poliambulatorio del Secondo Parere, Modena, Italy; 3University of Kentucky, Department of Physiology, Lexington, KY, USA

Abstract: Here we report a case of successful fiber optic laser treatment of lymphedema in a swollen arm post mastectomy. At the moment, this procedure has only anecdotal evidence to justify its use, but in our experience is a feasible, minimally invasive day-stay procedure which has been demonstrated to be safe and effective. Further nonhomogeneous case pooling and follow-up would enable guidelines and definite surgical protocols for its use to be implemented.

Keywords: fiber optic, lymphedema, Nd:YAG, laser, mastectomy

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