Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Eplasty. 2013 Nov 7;13:e57. eCollection 2013.

CASE REPORT Treatment of a Lower Extremity Lymphocele With Intraoperative Lymphatic Mapping.

Author information

  • 1Divisions of Emergency Medicine, UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • 2Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, Calif.



Lower extremity lymphoceles secondary to saphenous vein grafting are exceptionally rare and there is only 1 previously reported case in the English literature. Data on treatment of lower extremity lymphoceles are limited and based on studies of groin lymphoceles. We discuss operative resection with selective ligation of feeding lymphatic vessels as a treatment option of lower extremity lymphoceles.


A 64-year-old man who had undergone coronary artery bypass grafting 6 years prior presented with a left lower extremity mass at the site where his saphenous vein had been harvested. Examination demonstrated a 12-cm, mobile, nonpulsatile mass at his medial left calf. The findings of magnetic resonance imaging were consistent with a lymphocele.


Intraoperative injection of isosulfan blue dye was used to identify feeding lymphatic vessels and the lymphocele cavity was excised. Leg drains were discontinued after 3 days, and the patient was discharged home after 6 days.


Operative resection with isosulfan blue dye lymphatic mapping and selective ligation of lymphatic vessels is a viable treatment of lower extremity lymphoceles.


isosulfan blue dye; lower extremity; lymphatic mapping; lymphocele; resection

Free PMC Article
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for PubMed Central
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk