Lymphatic deseases: geriatrical epidemiological data: the role of rehabilitation
© Ricci and Sandroni; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2010
Published: 19 May 2010
Statistics WHO 1994
Statistics WHO 1994
Parasitic origin (F.B.)
Functional Problems (CVD)
Italian epidemiological studies report that primary lymphedema are more frequent than secondary. The localization of upper limbs recognizes secondary lymphedema; the primary ones can be located in lower limbs. 30-40 y.o. women are more exposed.
In geriatric patients lymphedema is generally secondary and concerned with upper limbs (Mastectomy). In lower limbs it follows cervix carcinoma treatments (46%), urologic diseases (39%), melanoma treatments (6%), Hodgkin lymphoma (3%), venous failures etc.
In geriatric patients lymphedema disabilities make previous pathologies worse and rehabilitative therapies are recommended.
Materials and methods
In UO Medicina Riabilitativa, Ospedali Riuniti Ancona, Lymphedema is treated throught a Rehabilitative Project performed by a Team.
The treatments are concerned with patient’s impairments and disabilities, according to ICF.
In 2008, 83 new patients have been examined. 10 males and 73 females. Mean age 57,7 y.o.
over 65 y.o.
Over 65 y.o.
secondary Lymphedemas 24
primary Lymphedema 1
This statistics show that in geriatric patients lymphatic system pathologies are often related both to CVD and to surgery (pelvis operations) with inguinal, iliac and lumbar aortic nodes removal.
- Antignani PL, et al: L’insufficienza venosa cronica: risultati di un’indagine epidemiologica in Italia. Il quaderno della Flebologia. 2006Google Scholar
- Michelini S, et al: Epidemiologia del linfedema. Auxilia-Linfologia. 1998Google Scholar
- Gasbarro V, Michelini S, Antignani PL, Tsolaki E, Ricci M, Allegra C: The CEAP-L classification for lymphedemas of the limbs: the Italian experience. Internationale Angiology. 2009, 28 (24): 315-324.Google Scholar
- Ricci M: Proposal of Disability Scale for Lymphoedema. Eur J Lymphol. 2008, XIX (55):Google Scholar
- World Health Organization: International Classification of Functionng, Disability and Health. WHO. 2001Google Scholar
This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd.