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Evaluation of kinesthetic sense and hand function in women with breast cancer-related lymphedema.

Karadibak D, Yavuzsen T - J Phys Ther Sci (2015)

Bottom Line: In both groups, functional mobility, kinesthetic sense, and daily living skills decreased significantly with increasing edema severity.However, there was no significant difference between groups with respect to functional mobility or daily living skills.The kinesthetic sense of the hand was better in the HE- group than the HE+ group.

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Affiliation: School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, DokuzEylul University, Turkey.

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[Purpose] This study evaluated the functional ability and kinesthetic sense of the hands of women with breast cancer-related lymphedema. [Subjects and Methods] Fifty-seven women experiencing lymphedema after breast surgery and adjuvant radiotherapy were included. The patients were divided into two groups: women with hand edema (HE+, n = 29) and without hand edema (HE-, n = 28) after breast cancer treatment. Arm edema severity, hand size, functional mobility and kinesthetic sense of the hand, and daily living skills were evaluated. [Results] The mean age of the patients was 55.8 years. In both groups, functional mobility, kinesthetic sense, and daily living skills decreased significantly with increasing edema severity. However, there was no significant difference between groups with respect to functional mobility or daily living skills. The kinesthetic sense of the hand was better in the HE- group than the HE+ group. There was a significant negative relationship between the severity of edema and hand function. [Conclusion] Breast cancer-related lymphedema can negatively impact women's functional mobility and kinesthetic sense of the hands as well as daily living skills.

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Figure-of-eight tape measure method for measuring hand size. (A) Dorsal view, (B) Palmar view.
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fig_001: Figure-of-eight tape measure method for measuring hand size. (A) Dorsal view, (B) Palmar view.

Mentions: A standard 0.25-inch-wide retractable fiberglass tape measure was used to performfigure-of-eight measurements of hand size14). The testing position required the patient to sit with their armsabducted and externally rotated 90°, elbow flexed 90°, wrist neutral, fingers adducted andextended, and thumb abducted in the plane of the hand. A physiotherapist measured eachpatient’s hand twice. The same procedure was repeated for the other hand. All measurementswere recorded in centimeters (± 0.1 cm, Fig. 1Fig. 1.


Evaluation of kinesthetic sense and hand function in women with breast cancer-related lymphedema.

Karadibak D, Yavuzsen T - J Phys Ther Sci (2015)

Figure-of-eight tape measure method for measuring hand size. (A) Dorsal view, (B) Palmar view.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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fig_001: Figure-of-eight tape measure method for measuring hand size. (A) Dorsal view, (B) Palmar view.
Mentions: A standard 0.25-inch-wide retractable fiberglass tape measure was used to performfigure-of-eight measurements of hand size14). The testing position required the patient to sit with their armsabducted and externally rotated 90°, elbow flexed 90°, wrist neutral, fingers adducted andextended, and thumb abducted in the plane of the hand. A physiotherapist measured eachpatient’s hand twice. The same procedure was repeated for the other hand. All measurementswere recorded in centimeters (± 0.1 cm, Fig. 1Fig. 1.

Bottom Line: In both groups, functional mobility, kinesthetic sense, and daily living skills decreased significantly with increasing edema severity.However, there was no significant difference between groups with respect to functional mobility or daily living skills.The kinesthetic sense of the hand was better in the HE- group than the HE+ group.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, DokuzEylul University, Turkey.

ABSTRACT
[Purpose] This study evaluated the functional ability and kinesthetic sense of the hands of women with breast cancer-related lymphedema. [Subjects and Methods] Fifty-seven women experiencing lymphedema after breast surgery and adjuvant radiotherapy were included. The patients were divided into two groups: women with hand edema (HE+, n = 29) and without hand edema (HE-, n = 28) after breast cancer treatment. Arm edema severity, hand size, functional mobility and kinesthetic sense of the hand, and daily living skills were evaluated. [Results] The mean age of the patients was 55.8 years. In both groups, functional mobility, kinesthetic sense, and daily living skills decreased significantly with increasing edema severity. However, there was no significant difference between groups with respect to functional mobility or daily living skills. The kinesthetic sense of the hand was better in the HE- group than the HE+ group. There was a significant negative relationship between the severity of edema and hand function. [Conclusion] Breast cancer-related lymphedema can negatively impact women's functional mobility and kinesthetic sense of the hands as well as daily living skills.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus