Rome, Aug 28. (Adnkronos Health)


– Lymphedema, a pathological accumulation of lymph fluid in tissues, can be caused by genetics or as a side effect of surgery. It essentially involves the formation of blockages in one or more points of the ‘lymphatic highways’ that run through our body, which can lead to swelling in the hands, arms, and legs. This issue, affecting 2 million Italians, can be managed and swelling prevented through specific ‘maps.’ This topic 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, as explained by Corrado Campisi, President of the World Congress of Lymphology and Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of Catania, “we will focus on the genes associated with lymphatic diseases, which are 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 obtain valuable information for surgical intervention.

For instance, if surgical removal of a ‘suspicious’ lymph node is recommended for a cancer patient, using the map of ‘lymphatic highways’ can predict the risk of developing lymphedema, thereby suggesting safer alternatives or preventive therapeutic interventions.” Specific sessions will be dedicated to minimally invasive surgical techniques and shockwave treatment applications that can ‘dissolve’ tough blockages, making surgical work simpler and more effective.

The congress will also review technological advances in ‘imaging’ procedures for diagnosing and treating lymphatic diseases, as well as advancements in the use of operating microscopes and microsurgical instruments, including new liposuction techniques for lymphatic pathology. One of the congress’s aims is to provide a global overview of clinical lymphology, with a particular focus on updating the biennial ‘Consensus Document’ of the International Society of Lymphology on the diagnosis and therapy of lymphedema. 


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