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Lymphoscintigraphy of Lower Limb Edema

Zimmerman, Heather, MBBS*,†; Fessa, Chris Kon, MBBS*,†; Rossleigh, Monica Anne, MBBS, MD, FRACP*,†,‡; Wegner, Eva Alina, MBBS, FRACP*,†

doi: 10.1097/RLU.0b013e318244426e
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Lymphedema of the lower limbs is a well-known chronic condition. The cause of lymphedema can be either primary or secondary. Lymphoscintigraphy is a simple and reliable method for evaluation of lymphatic function. We illustrate the different lymph drainage patterns in 4 cases of lower limb edema, with either primary or secondary causes. In all cases, planar images were obtained after bipedal administration of 99mTc antimony sulfur colloid.

From the *Department of Nuclear Medicine, The Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick, NSW Australia; †Department of Nuclear Medicine, Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick, NSW Australia; and ‡The University of New South Wales Medical School, Kensington, NSW Australia.

Received for publication September 12, 2011; revision accepted November 29, 2011.

Conflicts of interest and sources of funding: none declared.

Reprints: Monica Anne Rossleigh, MBBS, MD, FRACP, Department of Nuclear Medicine, The Prince of Wales Hospital, Barker St Randwick, NSW Australia 2031. E-mail:

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