Phlebology is not a specialty for its own in Italy. Phlebological patients are treated by vascular and general surgeons, dermatologists, phlebologists, angiologists, internists and even general practitioners. Even tough guidelines present a series of recommendations based on evidence-based medicine, guidelines may also be a tool to unify the diagnostic and therapeutic approach in a vast medical field like phlebology. Since vascular surgeons and phlebologists are particularly involved in phlebology-related pathologies the scientific societies of the Italian Society of Phlebology (SIF) and the Italian Society for Vascular and Endovascular Surgery (SICVE) decided to cooperate for the preparation of phlebo-lymphological guidelines. These guidelines comprehend also an important chapter dealing with the lymphology of the lower extremities; phlebological active physicians are often faced with lymphatic pathologies and a good differential diagnosis can be sometimes very helpful. Sclerotherapy and Surgery as the major therapeutical alternatives are extensively analyzed, but also the compression therapy, the medical and physical therapy are presented under the critical view of evidence based analyses. Separate chapters deal with the treatment alternatives for superficial and deep venous thromboses and the recommendations for the treatment of venous ulcers. The current scientific evidences were confronted with the experiences of Italian specialists and the particular practice and reality in Italy. They represent therefore the actual valid positions and recommendations in Italy which shall be updated regularly.
|Number of pages||80|
|Issue number||4 Suppl 2|
|Publication status||Published - Aug 2016|