An older woman with pain and swelling of left leg

  • Esha Das Gupta


Displayed is the photograph of the lower limbs of a 58-yearold lady who complained of pain and swelling of her left leg.Examination revealed tenderness in her left leg especiallyaround her calf area which was warm to touch. She wasafebrile and her vital signs were within normal limits. She wasrecently diagnosed with cervical carcinoma and underwent atotal hysterectomy 2 weeks ago. Her full blood count wasnormal. (copied from article)


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GuptaE. (2012). An older woman with pain and swelling of left leg. Malaysian Family Physician, 5(1), 2. Retrieved from
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