Lymphedema in women undergoing breast cancer surgery


  • Priscila Lara Vieira Bonisson Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
  • Mei Rosemary Fu Universidade de Nova Yorque
  • Selme Silqueira Matos Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
  • Giovana Paula Rezende Simino
  • Elenice Ribeiro de Paula Lima
  • Flávia Falci Ercole Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais



Breast Neoplasms, Mastectomy, Lymphedema, Lymph Node Excision, Nursing.


Objective: to estimate the prevalence and to identify possible factors associated with the occurrence of lymphedema in women undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Methods: a prevalence study with 125 women. An interview and a consultation of the medical record were carried out using a questionnaire. Univariate and multivariate analysis were performed through logistic regression. Results: a prevalence rate of 34.4% was found. Obesity, sentinel lymph node biopsy, radiotherapy, and the presence of some treatment complications were statistically significant for the occurrence of lymphedema. Conclusion: the prevalence of lymphedema in this study was high. The variables positively related to lymphedema, considered as associated factors, were: obesity, sentinel lymph node biopsy, radiotherapy and some treatment related complications (adhesion,retraction, paraesthesia, seroma, fibrosis, infection and dehiscence).




How to Cite

Bonisson, P. L. V., Fu, M. R., Matos, S. S., Simino, G. P. R., Lima, E. R. de P., & Ercole, F. F. (2017). Lymphedema in women undergoing breast cancer surgery. Rev Rene, 18(3), 329–336.



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