Dermatology pp 981-988 | Cite as

Diseases of the Lymphatics

  • Otto Braun-Falco
  • Gerd Plewig
  • Helmut H. Wolff
  • Walter H. C. Burgdorf

Abstract

The diseases of the lymphatics appear almost exclusively on the legs. Only occasionally are the arms, trunk and even head involved. The visual evidence of lymphatic disease is lymphedema, an edema or swelling that is the result of impaired lymphatic return. The protein-rich lymph accumulates in tissue when reabsorption is hindered or when the lymphatics are absent (congenital absence or surgical removal) or blocked. One speaks of two types of lymphedema.

Keywords

Sarcoma Psoriasis Acne Syphilis Cholestasis 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Otto Braun-Falco
    • 1
  • Gerd Plewig
    • 1
  • Helmut H. Wolff
    • 2
  • Walter H. C. Burgdorf
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Dermatology and AllergologyLudwig Maximilians UniversityMunichGermany
  2. 2.Department of Dermatology and VenerologyUniversity of LübeckLübeckGermany

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