Rome, Aug 28. (Adnkronos Health) –


Lymphedema, a pathological accumulation of lymphatic fluid in tissues, can be genetic or a side effect of surgery, stemming from various causes. Essentially, it is the formation of blockages in one or more points of the ‘lymphatic highways’ that traverse our body, potentially causing swelling in the hands, arms, and legs. This issue affects 2 million Italians, and specific ‘maps’ can help control it, preventing swellings that can be severe and debilitating. This will be discussed at the 29th World Congress of the International Society of Lymphology, scheduled in Genoa from September 11 to 15.

Over the five days, Corrado Campisi, President of the World Congress of Lymphology and Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of Catania, will discuss, among other things, “the genes associated with lymphatic pathologies which are at the root of rare syndromes and a predisposition to lymphatic deficits. With lymphoscintigraphy and new applications of fluorescence lymphography, we can map specific crucial sites and gain valuable information for surgical intervention. For example, if a cancer patient is advised to surgically remove a ‘suspicious’ lymph node preventatively, using the map of ‘lymphatic highways’ we can predict the risk of lymphedema and, therefore, suggest safer alternatives or preventive therapeutic interventions.”

Specific sessions will be dedicated to minimally invasive surgical techniques and the use of shockwave treatments capable of ‘dissolving’ the toughest blockages, making surgical work simpler and more effective. The congress will also examine technological advancements related to ‘imaging’ procedures for diagnosing and treating lymphatic diseases medically, physically, and surgically, as well as progress in equipment for using the operating microscope and microsurgical instruments, including new liposuction techniques for lymphatic pathology. Among the congress’s objectives: to provide a global overview of clinical lymphology, particularly updating the biennial ‘Consensus Document’ of the International Society of Lymphology on the diagnosis and therapy of lymphedema. 


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