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Clinical features

Or clustered erythematous or reddish brown tumours, mostly located on the distal extremity of one leg (Fig. 12.1). Sometimes both legs are involved. Early lesions may be difficult to diagnose clinically (Fig. 12.2). Ulceration is common. Small erythematous papules can be seen adjacent to larger nodules in some cases. Large ulcers may lead to the misdiagnosis of chronic venous ulceration (Fig. 12.3) 11 . Large B-cell lymphoma, leg type, has been observed on the background of chronic lymphoedema 12 .

Adipose Tissue Hypertrophy and Inflammation

Lymphedema Physicians have long suspected that long-standing lymphedema, such as that arising from mastectomy (100) and other forms of lymph blockage (101), leads to local hypertrophy of adipose tissue. Studies of transgenic mice in which the lymphatic system develops abnormally indicate that leaky and mispatterned lymph vessels induce hypertrophy in anatomically associated adipose tissue, such as the mesentery (53). In genetically unaltered adult rats, chronic but very mild inflammation induces the formation of additional adipocytes over several weeks, especially near a site of immune stimulation (81). This hypertrophy reverses only very slowly, with local enlargement of adipose depots containing stimulated lymph nodes still detectable 12 wk after experimental inflammation ended (83). The structural adipose tissue in the orbit of the eye is normally without visible lymph vessels, but these can develop where chronic inflammation is present (102). The wide variation among...

Clinical evidence of lymphadenopathy

If the groin nodes are grossly enlarged and either fixed or ulcerated, histological confirmation of the diagnosis is advisable. Surgical excision should be considered for all macroscopic enlarged nodes in the groin and enlarged nodes seen on CT prior to radiotherapy. A full inguinofemoral lymphadenectomy should be avoided in order to avoid severe lymphoedema. If the nodes are deemed not resectable, pre-operative radiotherapy with or without chemotherapy is advised. This should then be followed by post-operative resection of macroscopic residual disease.

Caroline M Pond

Interactions between adipose and lymphoid tissues at the molecular, cellular, and tissue levels are summarized, with emphasis on the special composition and metabolic properties of perinodal adipose tissue that is anatomically associated with lymph nodes. Perinodal adipose tissue intervenes between the diet and nutrition of the immune system, modulating the action of dietary lipids on immune function. The roles of peptide- and lipid-derived messenger molecules are complementary precursors of prostaglandins and leukotrienes are specific fatty acids that are often essential constituents of the diet and may be supplied to lymphoid cells by paracrine interactions with adjacent adipocytes. Prolonged stimulation of paracrine interactions may induce local hypertrophy of adipose depots associated with lymphoid structures. Specialization of adipose tissue for paracrine interactions may be a unique, advanced feature of mammals that supports faster, more efficient immune processes and permits...

Turner Syndrome

Deep Plantar Furrow

Infants with Turner's syndrome (XO syndrome) are phenotypically female although they have one of the pairs of X chromosomes missing. This term infant is short (length 43 cm) and demonstrates the short neck, shield-like chest with widely spaced nipples, and lymphedema, especially of the feet. Note also the single palmar crease on the right hand. Infants with Turner's syndrome may be small for gestational age. Figure 4.61. In another example of Turner's syndrome in a term infant (length 44 cm) note the marked lymphedema, especially of the lower extremities. Other findings in Turner's syndrome include a low posterior hairline with the appearance of a short neck, webbing of the neck, congenital heart disease (especially coarctation of the aorta), pig-mented nevi, and skeletal abnormalities. Figure 4.61. In another example of Turner's syndrome in a term infant (length 44 cm) note the marked lymphedema, especially of the lower extremities. Other findings in Turner's syndrome...