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Use of Bisphosphonates in GLA/GSD/KLA

Presented by Yaser A. Diab, M.B.B.S., Children’s National Health System, Washington, DC Complex lymphatic anomalies including Generalized Lymphatic Anomaly (GLA), Gorham–Stout disease (GSD), and Kaposiform Lymphangiomatosis (KLA) can involve the bones leading to bone destruction which can negatively impact the quality of life for patients with these lymphatic anomalies. At present, no standard treatment for these diseases exist, and due

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Use of Sirolimus in GLA/GSD/KLA

Presented by Cameron Trenor, MD, MMSc, Vascular Anomaly Center, Boston Children’s Hospital Sirolimus has been FDA-approved since 1999 for immunosuppression but has many appreciated off-label uses, including for lymphatic disorders. Based on clinical study results and reported cases, sirolimus is often used for Gorham-Stout disease (GSD), generalized lymphatic anomaly (GLA)/lymphangiomatosis and other lymphatic conditions. Many lymphatic malformations are associated with

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The Multidisciplinary Team

Presented by Michael Briones, DO, and Rachel Swerdlin, MS, RN, CPNP, Emory University and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Abstract: Gorham-Stout disease (GSD) is a rare vascular disorder of lymphatic origin characterized by bone destruction with massive osteolysis due to progression of lymphangiomatous tissue while Generalized Lymphatic Anomaly (GLA) is a multisystem disorder that also commonly affects bone and KLA is

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LGDA Comedy Night

The LGDA Wisconsin group is holding its eighth annual fundraiser, this time a professional improv comedy night by ComedySportz Milwaukee. Wisconsin events have raised more than $130,000 for the LGDA so far. For more information or to sign up, visit http://weblink.donorperfect.com/ComedySportz2018. See the LGDA Wisconsin Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/lgdagolfouting/ Register now for a great night of fun and laughter to support the

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Birthday Party Raises $5000

On July 29, 2018, the family of Adrian Santos hosted its second party to celebrate his 4th birthday and raise awareness about kaposiform lymphangiomatosis (KLA) and money for the LGDA to support research efforts. Once again, Adrian’s great aunt Linda Sutherland organized the event. Activities for the kids included face painting, animal balloons, crafts, and a Mad Scientist demonstration. Cleveland

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Interventional Radiology – MR Lymphangiogram

Presented by Maxim Itkin, MD, Director, HUP/CHOP Center for Lymphatic Imaging and Interventions Abstract: Lymphatic malformations (LM) are conditions that are characterized by proliferation of the lymphatic tissue in multiple organs. The major cause of mortality and morbidity in patients with LM is deterioration of pulmonary function due to chronic chylous effusions and progressive interstitial lung disease. The etiology of

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Role of Imaging in Diagnosis and Management of GLA, KLA, and GSD

Presented by Matt Hawkins, MD, Director – Pediatric Interventional Radiology, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston; Medical Director – Vascular Anomalies Clinic, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta; Assistant Professor – Emory University School of Medicine Dept of Radiology and Imaging Sciences Abstract: Diagnostic imaging has become the primary means by which a number of lymphatic anomalies are diagnosed. More specifically, recent

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Differentiating the Various Rare Lymphatic Anomalies: GLA, GSD, KLA

Presented by Ionela Iacobas, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology and Medical Director, TCH Vascular Anomalies Center, Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine Abstract: A new diagnosis of lymphatic malformation presenting with a micro/macrocystic area AND an additional symptom may trigger very specific diagnostic studies for clear classification. This discussion will try to differentiate the 4 entities (Generalized Lymphatic

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2018 LGDA Patient and Family Conference Report

Over the last weekend of July 2018, the LGDA hosted its second International Patient and Family Conference in Dallas, Texas. Since its founding in 2007, the LGDA has had as a primary goal to bring together patients and their families, clinicians, and researchers to share experiences and knowledge that will help to improve understanding of generalized lymphatic anomaly (GLA), formerly

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Structure and Function of Lymphatic System

Presented by Miikka Vikkula, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Human Molecular Genetics, de Duve Institute, University of Louvain, Brussels, Belgium, at the LGDA Patient & Family Conference, 27 July 2018. Abstract: The circulatory system consists of two highly-branched tubular structures: the blood vessels and the lymphatic vessels. These systems are essential for the transport of fluids, gas, molecules and cells to

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