Lymphedema is a chronic, progressive disease, which causes swelling because of non-functioning lymphatic vessels.

  • usually occurs in the arms and the legs
  • over time, fat and scar tissue develop and further increase the size of the affected limbs

Pioneering research

Scientists at Boston Children's Hospital are conducting research in our laboratory to determine causes for the progression of lymphedema. Randomized, clinical studies are underway to determine the best treatment options for children.