Multidisciplinary Care for Lymphatic and Venous Disorders

Lymphatic and venous disorders often have profound functional and psychological implications for patients and their families. Caring for patients with edema is a complex task requiring input from many specialists. To meet these challenges, the Stanford Center for Lymphatic and Venous Disorders provides a broad spectrum of diagnostic and therapeutic treatments for adults and children.

Center for Lymphatic and Venous Disorders
900 Blake Wilbur Drive
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Phone: 650-723-6459 Getting Here
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900 Blake Wilbur Drive
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Phone: 650-723-6459 Getting Here

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Care and Treatment of Lymphatic and Venous Disorders

Conditions Treated

Beyond lymphedema, there are a large number of human diseases that directly or indirectly impact the lymphatic system.

Blue rubber bleb nevus syndrome

A syndrome named for the presentation of blue-ish colored nevi, or moles, on the skin; also characterized by abnormal blood vessels in the gastrointestinal tract which can lead to bleeding or iron deficiency.

Cystic angiomatosis

A condition of unknown cause that is present at birth and defined by the presence of numerous skeletal cysts which usually appear during the first few decades of life.

Diffuse hemangiomatosis

An extremely rare syndrome defined by the presence of non-malignant tumors of blood vessels that affect at least three organ systems.

Gorham's disease

A condition characterized by the uncontrolled growth of non-malignant vascular channels that cause destruction of the affected bone; the shoulder and pelvis are the most frequently affected areas.

Intestinal lymphangiectasia

A condition which causes severe swelling, thickening of the wall of small intestine, accumulation of fluid in the abdomen, and collection of fluid surrounding the lungs.

Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome

A birth defect which occurs when blood and/or lymph vessels fail to form properly; symptoms include port wine stains, varicose veins, and enlargement of bone and soft tissue.


A condition that involves the accumulation of excessive fatty tissue in the lower half of the body, occurring primarily in women.

Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM)

A syndrome in which abnormal smooth muscle cells (or LAM cells) spread through lung tissue and lymphatics leading to obstruction of small airways in the lung and lymphatic wall thickening.


Lymphatic defects that typically develop during fetal growth; normally detected within the first two years of life but may also develop later in life following trauma.


The accumulation of a particular kind of fluid, typically in one part of the body.

Maffucci's syndrome

A rare condition characterized by the presence of hard cysts just beneath the skin and hemangiomas, abnormal lumps or tumors of blood vessels.

Protein losing enteropathy (PLE)

Characterized by excessive protein loss into the gastrointestinal tract leading to abnormally low levels of protein in the blood; it is associated with numerous disorders, including inflammatory bowel disease, infection, celiac disease, and cardiac disease.

Proteus syndrome

A syndrome which causes an overgrowth of various tissues, including skin, bones, muscles, fatty tissues, and blood and lymphatic vessels.

Clinical Trials

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Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.

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