Lymphedema pp 525-536 | Cite as

Pathophysiology of Phlebolymphedema and a Physiologic Approach to ‘Chronic Veno-lymphatic Insufficiency’

  • Claude Franceschi
  • Erica Menegatti
  • Paolo Zamboni


Chronic venous insufficiency can be defined as an impairment of the venous system so that it cannot adequately fulfill its main function, which consists of the drainage of venous blood flow from the periphery to the heart; similarly, chronic lymphatic insufficiency is described as a fault of the lymphatic system impairing its ability to perform its major mechanical function, which is to clear the interstitial space of large molecules and excess fluid.1,2


Varicose Vein Transmural Pressure Venous Insufficiency Superficial Vein Chronic Venous Insufficiency 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claude Franceschi
    • 1
  • Erica Menegatti
  • Paolo Zamboni
  1. 1.Dispensaire Marie ThereseHopital Saint JosephParisFrance

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