jueves, 20 de abril de 2017

WHICH MEDICAL SPECIALIST IS THE ONE WHO SHOULD DIAGNOSE LYMPHEDEMA / WHAT MEDICAL SPECIALTIES ARE RELATED TO LYMPHEDEMA-LYMPHOEDEMA

As lymphoedema is a condition related to the Circulatory System, the medical professional who should diagnose and evaluate a lymphedema patient, is the Vascular Surgeon specialized in Lymphatic Diseases. It is the competence of this specialty, within a framework of an Interdisciplinary Unit, to evaluate and periodically monitor the follow-up of patients. Through Lymphedema Units it is where different specialties can best attend, treat and maintain the stability of the condition. The specialties involved in lymphedema are Vascular Surgery, Angiology, Internal Medicine, Dermatology, Traumatology, Gynecology, Urology, Pediatrics, Oncology, Physical Therapy, Physical Rehabilitation, etc.



Lymphedema is the result of a permanent deficiency in the functioning of the Lymphatic System. The Veno-Lymphatic System as well as the Blood Venous System, belong both to the Circulatory System. Although their structure and functions are different, they are interrelated and need one another. The lymphatic system is also part of the Immune System. The disability in the case of lymphedema is double, on the one hand there is an organic disability due to a permanent failure in the Lymphatic System, and on the other a physical disability, due to the functional deficit produced by the consequent chronic edema.



Patients with lymphedema have progressive chronic edema, which leads to pain, heaviness, fatigue, skin deterioration, recurrent infections, etc., and a significantly reduced quality of life at personal, family and work level. The edema can progress to gigantic proportions, causing disfigurement with severe effects. Lymphedema can also develop a rare but deadly complication that is lymphangiosarcoma, which is why it is necessary for an early diagnosis of the disease, and in general regular medical attention and check-ups, through health-care personnels specialized in the Lymphatic System.

Interesting information:
http://www.vascular.ae/practical-tips-and-precautions-for-lymphedema-patients/
http://www.alejandromolinamd.com/3238-2/











LYMPHEDEMA INCIDENCE AND PREVALENCE










NEW CAMPAIGN FOR 2018
 


For global awareness it is being asked that the 
WHO - WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION
name: 
"LYMPHEDEMA - AWARENESS & CURES"
as its World Health Day campaign - 2018

  

  KATHY BATES
LYMPHEDEMA EMBASSADOR


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