Symptoms of lymphatic edema

Surgeon-phlebologist-lymphologist, surgeon of the first category

Good day! At me 2 years ago there was a cancer of a rectum, after operation it is deduced or removed stoma on anterior abdominal wall. Two months ago began to notice the swelling of the left leg. Right ideal. Edema is quite pronounced. On ultrasound of inguinal lymphonoduses in the oncological center nothing was found. Ultrasound of the veins, too, no change. On CT of the pelvic organs, too, no pathologies. Prompt, please, what else to pass or take place research, all the same to find the reason of an edema of one leg or foot. And to which specialist can you still apply?

Tamara, Perm, 69 years old

After such operations, lymphatic edema of the extremities may develop. Even in the absence of metastases in the lymph nodes. Suppose, by squeezing lymphatic collectors with spikes, etc.
You need to repeat the duplex scan of the veins inspecialized phlebological center. In addition to excluding the pathology of the veins, in particular, primarily deep vein thrombosis - this study helps to assess the condition of the subcutaneous tissue, muscles and reveal the indirect signs of lymphatic edema. Also it is possible additionally (if after a duplex there were questions) to make lymphoscintigraphy of the bottom extremities.

Sincerely, Elena Belyanina.

Hello, help me, please, to understand the issue with the veins. Thank you in advance)) I have a situation like this: →