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Incidence and risk factors for lymphedema after surgical treatment for cutaneous melanoma

Grant number: 07/05484-5
Support Opportunities:Regular Research Grants
Duration: April 01, 2008 - September 30, 2010
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Medicine - Surgery
Principal Investigator:João Pedreira Duprat Neto
Grantee:João Pedreira Duprat Neto
Host Institution: Hospital A C Camargo. Fundação Antonio Prudente (FAP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


The main objective of this research will be to evaluate the patients that were submitted to surgical procedures after melanoma, both inguinal and axillary radical lymphadenectomy, showing the related morbidities to the procedure, the factors of risk and the construction of a model to evaluate the probability of lymphedema. Other objective is analyzing the difference between volumes through calculation of truncated cone and the optoelectronic volumetry, carrying through prospective study of the patients with cutaneous melanoma who had been operated at AC Camargo Hospital, evaluating the impact of the morfometrics characteristics and the different therapeutically modalities in the development of lymphedema, telling the amount of patients that had developed it and other complications and what it can be related to these facts, optimizing the indication of the different modalities of treatment for each individual. The variable that will be correlated with the incidence of lymphedema will be: index of corporal mass (IMC), sex, age, auxiliary or inguinal lymphadenectomy, wound infection, dehiscence of the scar, seroma, and so on. (AU)

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