Lymphatic disorders in rheumatoid arthritis.

  title={Lymphatic disorders in rheumatoid arthritis.},
  author={Evelyne Joos and Pierre Bourgeois and Jean Pierre Famaey},
  journal={Seminars in arthritis and rheumatism},
  volume={22 6},
Lymphedema is a rare complication of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Diagnosis is clinical: long-standing, painful swelling of a whole limb in association with RA. Cases described in the literature are predominantly of the upper limbs, sometimes bilateral. Diagnosis can be confirmed by biopsy of lymph nodes, lymphography, or preferably lymphoscintigraphy. The etiology of the edema is unknown. Mechanical obstruction and lymphangitis have been suggested. Pharmacological and surgical treatment of the… CONTINUE READING