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J Rheumatol. 1994 Jun;21(6):1043-5.

Upper limb lymphedema associated with polyarthritis of rheumatoid type.

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Department of Rheumatology, St. George's Hospital, London, England.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the cause of upper limb edema in 8 patients with peripheral polyarthritis of rheumatoid-type.

METHODS:

Objective assessment of lymph function using quantitative lymphoscintigraphy.

RESULTS:

Seven cases with either rheumatoid or psoriatic arthritis were found to have impaired lymph drainage associated with edema. All cases shared a distal rheumatoid pattern of arthritis but showed no relation between severity of lymphatic impairment and either duration or severity of arthritis.

CONCLUSION:

Polyarthritis of rheumatoid-type may be associated with lymphedema due to impaired lymphatic function.

PMID:
7932412
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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