Lymphedema

Case contributed by Dr Abiola Ayodele

Presentation

Patient developed right lower limb swelling following chronic use of intramuscular pentazocine.

Patient Data

Age: 40 years
Gender: Female
MRI

MRI shows extensive subcutaneous edema with a honeycomb pattern consistent with lymphedema. The overlying skin is thickened. The femoral shaft also shows evidence of red marrow conversion.

Case Discussion

Lymphedema is the accumulation of fluid in the soft tissue due to impaired lymphatic drainage. MRI shows extensive subcutaneous edema with honeycomb pattern and skin thickening.

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