Lymphedema, the most common lymphatic disease, is a chronic, often disfiguring, swelling of body parts. It impedes activities of daily living and leaves patients vulnerable to life threatening infections.
Other lymphatic diseases include lymphangioma, lymphangiectasia, Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome, lymphangiomatosis, mixed lymphatic and vascular anomalies, secondary lymphedema, and filariasis. Discoveries in lymphatic research will also provide insights into cancer, infections, and other auto-immune diseases.
The research being done through LE&RN is giving lymphatic disease patients hope for improvements in diagnosis, better treatments options, and—someday—a cure.