Eur J Plast Surg (1998) 21:111±112 Springer-Verlag 1998 EDITORI A L L. Clodius Lymphedema ± lymphosuction: what has the plastic sur- Surgery for lymphedema? It is generally agreed, that geon to do with these problems? Plastic surgeons like once chronic manifest lymphedema is established, surgery problem solving. Not infrequently they are confronted cannot produce a restitutio ad integrum. Thus we all know with patients, affected by the disfiguering consequences today, that optimal conservative lymphedema therapy, of lymphatic problems. With easy worldwide communica- called complex decongestive treatment, probably com- tions, outside Europe, people may be bitten by microfilar- bined with macrophageal proteolytic removal of accumu- ia-carrying mosquitos and contract filariasis with conse- lated proteins by a benzo-pyrone drug, is the first line of quences such as lymphedema. Will mosquitos at home advice. However, our filarial specialist will remind us of transmit the filaria worm? the fact that this excellent conservative treatment is not The cause of filariasis is an infection by the filaria available anywhere and anytime, and: its our buisness nematode: its species Wuchereria and Brugia. Man is to help his patient. In his tropical climate he simply can its host, the mosquito the transmitter. It is estimated,
European Journal of Plastic Surgery – Springer Journals
Published: Feb 1, 1998
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