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Head and neck cancer lymphoedema treated with liposuction

Posted Jun 15 2012 4:16am

Patients with swelling in the neck known as a submental lymphoedemaA build-up of fluid in an area of the body due to a reduction in the drainage of lymphatic fluid, a fluid derived from the blood. following treatment for head and neck cancerAbnormal, uncontrolled cell division resulting in a malignant tumour that may invade surrounding tissues or spread to distant parts of the body. can be successfully treated using minimally invasive liposuction according to this month’s issue of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. The authors noted that submental lymphoedemas, leading to swelling and fluid around the neck, are common problems following the treatment of head and neck cancer.

This novel treatment involves a small incision being made in the neck and liposuction used to remove the fatOne of the three main food constituents (with carbohydrate and protein), and the main form in which energy is stored in the body. and fluid that has built up in the area. Although the study was small, with only ten patients, the liposuction surgery was well-tolerated by all the patients, no patient had a recurrence and no complications occurred.

If you have had a neck lump for more than four weeks and are unsure whether this could be treated with liposuction or whether this could be a sign of something more serious, Mr Francis Vaz of University College Hospital London explains what is involved in diagnosing neck lumps and advises on the different types of lumps depending on their position in the neck.

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