Primary Outcome Measures:
- prevalence of lymphatic disease [ Time Frame: 15 years ]
Secondary Outcome Measures:
This project represents the inauguration of a National Patient Registry for Lymphatic Diseases. This project will be completed through an affiliation with the Lymphatic Research Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote research and the development of new therapies for patients with lymphatic diseases, including lymphedema. The registry will provide researchers with much-needed clinical data to study the impact of diseases of the lymphatic system, in order to develop improved treatments and find a cure for lymphatic diseases, lymphedema, and related disorders. The establishment of this initiative is a major step forward in research for direct study of groups of patients with lymphatic disease. In the future, this project will be able to be linked with a tissue bank, in which tissue and blood samples derived from patients will be made available for research into human disease states. A national patient registry and tissue/cell bank program paves the way for future clinical trials of experimental drugs and therapies designed to treat lymphatic disease in human subjects.