Abstract
Genetics Research at Lymphoedema Patients: Why is it Important?
Tanja Planinsek Rucigaj*
Corresponding Author: Tanja Planinsek Rucigaj, University Medical Centre, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Accepted: November 01, 2019
Citation: Rucigaj TP. (2019) Genetics Research at Lymphoedema Patients: Why is it Important? BioMed Res J, 3(S1): 14.
Copyrights: ©2019 Rucigaj TP. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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Lymphoedema is a congestion of a protein rich fluid in the tissue because of the impairment of the lymphatic drainage. Lymphatic drainage may be disrupted primarily or secondarily. Primary lymphoedema can be found in 10% of cases as hereditary genetic disorders and in 90% of cases after sporadic mutations. Identification of genetic mutations in patients with primary lymphoedema is particularly important because: prompt and patient-oriented therapy prevents progression of swelling and their complications. Together with advised lifestyle changes can improve the quality of life of patients and their families. When patients are planning the family, genetic counseling can also improve the quality of life of the whole family.