Lymphoedema is a chronic debilitating condition that may occur in approximately 25% of women treated for breast cancer. As the condition progresses, accumulated lymph fluid becomes fibrotic with infiltration of adipose tissue. Bioelectrical impedance spectroscopy is the preferred method for early detection of lymphoedema based on the measurement of impedance of extracellular fluid. The present study assessed whether these impedance measurements could also be used to estimate the adipose tissue content of the arm based on a model previously used to predict whole body composition. Estimates of arm adipose tissue in a cohort of women with lymphoedema were found to be highly correlated (r > 0.82) with measurements of adipose tissue obtained using the reference method of dual energy X-ray absorptiometry. Paired t-tests confirmed that there was no significant difference between the adipose tissue volumes obtained by the two methods. These results support the view that the method shows promise for the estimation of arm adiposity in lymphoedema.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of Physics: Conference Series|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2013|
|Event||15th International Conference on Electrical Bio-Impedance, ICEBI 2013 and 14th Conference on Electrical Impedance Tomography, EIT 2013 - Heilbad Heiligenstadt, Germany|
Duration: 22 Apr 2013 → 25 Apr 2013