Rome, August 28 – (Adnkronos Health) –


Lymphedema, a pathological accumulation of lymphatic fluid in tissues, can arise from various causes, including genetic factors or as a side effect of surgical intervention. Essentially, lymphedema results from congestion in one or more points of the body’s ‘lymphatic highways,’ leading to swelling in hands, arms, and legs. This condition affects 2 million Italians, and specific ‘maps’ can assist in controlling it, preventing potentially severe and debilitating swelling. These topics will be discussed at the 29th World Congress of the International Society of Lymphology, scheduled to be held in Genoa from September 11 to 15. 

During the five-day event, Corrado Campisi, President of the World Congress of Lymphology and a professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of Catania, explains that among other topics, “we will focus on genes associated with lymphatic pathologies, which are the root of rare syndromes and predisposition to lymphatic deficits. With lymphatic scintigraphy and new applications of fluorescence lymphography, we can map specific crucial sites and gather valuable information for surgical interventions. For instance, in cancer patients recommended for surgical removal of a ‘suspicious’ lymph node or as a preventative measure, lymphatic ‘highway’ maps can help 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 the use of shockwave treatments capable of ‘dissolving’ tougher congestions, making the use of the scalpel simpler and more effective. The congress will also examine technological innovations related to ‘imaging’ procedures for the diagnosis and medical, physical, and surgical treatment of lymphatic diseases, as well as advancements in instrumentation for the use of the operating microscope and microsurgical instruments, including new liposuction techniques for lymphatic pathology. One of the congress’s goals is to provide a global overview of clinical lymphology, with a biennial update, particularly of the ‘Consensus Document’ of the International Society of Lymphology on the diagnosis and therapy of lymphedema. 


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