Papillomatosis cutis lymphostatica I89.0

Author: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Altmeyer

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020

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elephantiasis crurum papillaris et verrucosa; elephantiasis nostras verrucosa; elephantiasis verrucosa; lymphostatic verrucosa; pachydermia vegetans; Stasis papillomatosis; Warty hyperkeratosis

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Polysymptomatic dermatological manifestation of a chronic lymphedema (mainly of the distal and proximal extremities, less frequently on abdominal aprons and mammae) with formation of skin-coloured to dirty brown, extensive, indurated, verrucous skin changes. In rare cases grotesque pseudotumorous vegetation may also occur.

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Mostly secondary disease resulting from disturbances in regional subcutaneous lymph drainage, e.g. chronic venous insufficiency, obesity and heart failure, primary lymphedema, chronic recurrent erysipelas, after extirpation of the inguinal and/or iliac lymph nodes with or without subsequent radiation, lymphatic filiariosis, chronic podoconiosis.

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Average age between 40 and 60 years

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Lower extremity, more rarely upper extremity, in amputation stumps, in abdominal folds in obesity permagna and the resulting lymph congestion.

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In the foreground of every conservative therapy is the consistent treatment of the underlying disease:
  • Therapy of a possibly existing stasis oedema in chronic venous insufficiency (CVI).
  • Therapy of lymphedema by means of compression therapy and manual and, if necessary, intermittent lymphatic drainage.
    Change of lifestyle to targeted sporting activities (cycling, hiking, swimming) and, if necessary, elimination of obesity. Consistent prophylaxis of infections with secondary lymphedema.

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Last updated on: 29.10.2020