Monday, August 10, 2020 – Episode 031

Monday, August 10, 2020 - Episode 031
By: Leslyn Keith, OTD, CLT-LANA

Uncovering Lymphatic Transport Abnormalities in Patients with Primary Lipedema

  • Today we discuss a research by Daniel Gould and colleagues at USC that sought to characterize the lymphatic flow in a lipedema population.
  • They studied 19 lipedema patients who are being evaluated for surgical intervention who underwent lymphoscintigraphy of the legs.
  • They found that 63.2% of the participants had pathologic lymphatic transport. And that there was a significant correlation between the severity of lipedema and worsen lymphatic transport.
  • This suggests the possible relationship between the severity of lipedema and the impairment of the lymphatic system.
  • The authors suggest that women with lipedema should be screened for lymphatic impairment that leads to edema to see if they would benefit from a lymphatic surgery.
  • This study agrees with several others that have been formed in recent years, that edema is a common characteristic of lipedema.