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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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Exp 50 years

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How can excessive lymphatic fluid drainage be treated to avoid an abscess?

My sister had a complete hysterectomy 9/3/14 for uterine cancer. 17 lymph nodes were dissected. She is still having lymph drainage every day from 800-1000 cc s. The doctor has shot medication in the JP drain 2 different times (1 week apart, 4 1/2 hrs the first time and about 2 1/2 hrs the 2nd time) but it has not decreased the drainage. She is still outputting so much lymphatic fluid they cannot remove the drain or the doctor said it will cause an absess. Do you have any ideas about what we should do.
Thu, 28 May 2015
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Pulmonologist 's  Response
Thanks for your question on Health Care Magic.
I can understand your concern.
This is common complication after hysterectomy.
Surgery for the removal of lymphatic system should be done in this type of complication.
Patient should also avoid high protein diet like milk, milk products (cheese, butter), non vegetarian food etc.
Radiotherapy can also be tried for ablation of lymphatic vessels.
So discuss these therapeutic options with your doctor plan accordingly.
Hope I have solved your query.
Wishing good health to your sister.
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