Although words like lymphocyte, lymph node, lymph, and lymphatic vessels are common in daily medical activities, Lymphology has always been considered as a sort of younger sister to Angiology or Phlebology. Also, apart from few pioneer physicians, it has never been investigated as a discreet, well identified area of research.

Therefore, the following “Dictionary” aims to be a sort of metaphorical “window” on the extensive and still poorly explored world of lymphatic diseases, as well as to provide some useful, basic information for a correct diagnosis of patients affected by lymphatic-lymph node disorders.

Questo “Dizionario” vuole, quindi, rappresentare una sorta di metaforica “finestra” sul vasto ed ancora poco inesplorato mondo della patologia linfatica e fornire utili elementi di conoscenza di base per una corretta diagnosi e gestione del paziente affetto da alterazioni del sistema linfatico-linfonoidale.


It features angiomatous artero-venous, hyperoximia-inducing osteohypertrophy, often observed with underlying dysplasia of lymphatic collectors of the affected segments. Its picture includes disproportionate gygantism of the affected extremity and multiple angiomas. Other organic malformations may be associated with this syndrome (see also Angiodysplasia).
Figure: Klippel Trénaunay Syndrome: a disproportionate hypertrophy of the affected (left) extremity is evident.

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