Successful treatment with lymphaticovenular anastomosis for secondary skin lesions of chronic lymphedema

Dermatology. 2007;215(2):147-51. doi: 10.1159/000104267.


The treatment of severe lymphedema is a difficult challenge. We performed lymphaticovenular anastomosis on two patients with secondary skin lesions of chronic lymphedema; one patient exhibited acquired lymphangioma circumscriptum of the vulva and the other presented elephantiasis nostras verrucosa of the lower leg. Both patients obtained a remarkable improvement in skin lesions and also in the reduction of lymphedema of the lower extremity. During a 6-month-follow-up period, constant reduction in the circumference of the lower extremities without exacerbation of skin lesions was achieved in both patients. Lymphaticovenular anastomosis is a useful surgical treatment for secondary lymphedema in the lower extremities. In addition, this surgical treatment is effective for secondary lesions of lymphedema, including acquired lymphangioma circumscriptum and elephantiasis nostras verrucosa.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Anastomosis, Surgical
  • Chronic Disease
  • Elephantiasis / etiology
  • Elephantiasis / surgery
  • Erysipelas / etiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lower Extremity / pathology
  • Lower Extremity / surgery*
  • Lymphatic Vessels / surgery*
  • Lymphedema / pathology
  • Lymphedema / surgery*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Postoperative Complications / surgery
  • Vascular Surgical Procedures / methods
  • Venules / surgery*
  • Vulva / pathology
  • Vulvar Diseases / pathology
  • Vulvar Diseases / surgery