A new study just published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery: Venous and Lymphatic Disorders (Vol. 9, Issue 3, May 2021) shows that the degradation of lymphatic anatomy happens early in venous disease and worsens as venous disease worsens. Near-infrared fluorescence lymphatic imaging of the legs of 10 patients with early venous insufficiency suggests a lymphatic component to progressive venous insufficiency — something most astute clinicians have suspected for a long time. Lymphatic anatomy and contractile function generally degrade with the severity of venous insufficiency and the lymphatic abnormalities mimic those in early cancer-acquired lymphedema subjects, as previously observed by us and others.

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Journal of Vascular Surgery: Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
Volume 9, Issue 3, May 2021, Pages 720-730.e2
Degradation of lymphatic anatomy and function in early venous insufficiency

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