• The Evaluation of Volumetric Changes in the Upper Extremitites and Potential Influencing Factors in a Cohort of Women
“Are you a women 18 years or older who has no prior history of surgery to
the head, neck, upper limb or trunk (torso)
This study is being conducted to determine if women experience natural
fluctuations in the size of their arms.
Who is eligible?
Must be at least 18 years old
No history of breast cancer or primary lymphedema
No prior surgery or radiation to the head, neck, upper limb or trunk ( torso)
Willingness to comply with required follow-up measurements
Must not currently be taking or have taken any diuretics within the last month.
Must not be pregnant
Study procedures:
Participants will undergo measurements of the size of both arms with a machine
called a perometer. The Perometer uses a sliding frame with harmless infrared
light waves and records circumferences along the arm, accurately calculating the
arm volume. This measurement is painless. Following the measurement you will
be asked the following questions
Occupation: ____________________
Time of last caffeine intake: _____________
Amount of caffeine intake at that time (please circle)
8 oz 12 oz 16 oz 20 oz
(Small)(Medium) (Large)(Extra large)
Did you perform any exercises today (please circle)? Yes No
If yes:
a) At what time did you exercise:_____________
b) For how long did you exercise:_____________
c) Activity level ( please circle): Moderate (ex: fast walking) or Vigorous (ex:
Time of your last meal: _______________
Was your last meal high in salt (please circle): Yes No
Duration of study: Study visits should last between 5-10 minutes. The followup
visits will occur for a period of 12 months, and participants will be measured
at least every 3-5 weeks.
Contact: If interested please contact the lymphedema studies research
coordinator at 617-643-1306
Institution  –  MGH - Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Principal Investigator  – Alphonse G Taghian, MD, PhD
Enrollment Information
For further information about enrolling a patient in this trial, contact the person below.
Name  – Melissa N Skolny
Email  – mskolny@partners.org
Phone  – NA