48. Disorders of Lymphatic Vessels

  1. Tony Burns MB, BS, FRCP Emeritus Consultant Dermatologist3,
  2. Stephen Breathnach MA, MB, BChir, MD, PhD, FRCP Consultant Dermatologist4,5,
  3. Neil Cox BSc, MB, ChB, FRCP(Lond & Edin) Consultant Dermatologist Visiting Professor6,7 and
  4. Christopher Griffiths BSc, MD, FRCP, FRCPath Professor of Dermatology Consultant Dermatologist8
  1. P. S. Mortimer MD, FRCP Professor Consultant Skin Physician1,2

Published Online: 6 MAY 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444317633.ch48

Rook's Textbook of Dermatology, Eighth Edition

Rook's Textbook of Dermatology, Eighth Edition

How to Cite

Mortimer, P. S. (2010) Disorders of Lymphatic Vessels, in Rook's Textbook of Dermatology, Eighth Edition (eds T. Burns, S. Breathnach, N. Cox and C. Griffiths), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444317633.ch48

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Leicester Royal Infirmary, Infirmary Square, Leicester LE1 5WW, UK

  2. 4

    St John's Institute of Dermatology, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, St Thomas' Hospital, Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7EH, UK

  3. 5

    Epsom & St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, Epsom, Surrey, UK

  4. 6

    Department of Dermatology, Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle CA2 7HY, UK

  5. 7

    University of Cumbria, Carlisle CA1 2HH, UK

  6. 8

    The Dermatology Centre, University of Manchester, Salford Royal Hospital, Salford, Manchester M6 8HD, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Dermatological Medicine, St George's, University of London, Cranmer Terrace, London SW17 ORE, UK

  2. 2

    St George's Hospital London and the Royal Marsden Hospital, London SW3 6JJ, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 MAY 2010
  2. Published Print: 22 MAR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405161695

Online ISBN: 9781444317633



  • lymphatic vessel disorder;
  • chronic oedema and lymphoedema;
  • differential diagnosis of swollen limb;
  • clinical diagnosis of lymphoedema;
  • midline lymphoedema;
  • localized lymphoedema;
  • lymphatic malformations, lymphangioma and lymphangiectasia - lymphatic malformations (lymphangioma);
  • acquired lymphatic abnormalities;
  • lymphatic tumours


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Chronic oedema

  • Lymphoedema

  • Differential diagnosis of the swollen limb (Table 48.6)

  • Management of lymphoedema

  • Lymphatic malformations, lymphangioma and lymphangiectasia

  • Acquired lymphatic abnormalities

  • Lymphatic tumours

  • References