Lymph node transplant in Kenya: a case series of 20 patients

Keywords: lymph node transplant, Kenya

Abstract

Chronic limb lymphedema is a debilitating condition whose definitive management eludes medical practice to date. Lymph node transplant results in improvement of symptomatology amongst patients with lymphedema non-responsive to nonoperative management. A retrospective audit of all patients who underwent lymph node transplant in Nairobi, Kenya for the period June 2014-June 2017 (three years) was done. We report improvement of symptomatology amongst patients with stage II lymphedema non-responsive to non-operative management. We also highlight surgical considerations taken during the management of these cases.

Author Biographies

Alex O Wamalwa, University of Nairobi

Plastic Surgery Registrar, School of Medicine, University of Nairobi

F W Nangole, University of Nairobi

Consultant Plastic Surgeon & Lecturer; Department of Surgery (Plastic), University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya

S O Khainga, University of Nairobi

Consultant Plastic Surgeon & Associate Professor; Department of Surgery (Plastic), University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya

Published
2019-03-29
How to Cite
Wamalwa, A., Nangole, F., & Khainga, S. (2019). Lymph node transplant in Kenya: a case series of 20 patients. South African Journal of Surgery, 57(1), 54-59. Retrieved from http://sajs.redbricklibrary.com/index.php/sajs/article/view/2735
Section
Plastic surgery