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Dear Members and Colleagues,

Lymphedema is an incurable, debilitating and progressive condition, characterized by persisted swelling of one or more parts of the body, due to impaired lymph transport. It is a major healthcare problem in both developed and non-developed countries, due to its long-term physical and psychosocial consequences for the patient, if left untreated. The increased awareness and medical expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of this condition, made this condition more  common in recent years. But there is an unmet need for the comprehensive knowledge about the pathophysiology, epidemiology, and diagnostic and preventive measures, as well as therapeutic approaches of lymphedema.

For these purposes Anatolian Lymphedema Association has been formed in 2014 by a multidisciplinary approach bridging the health professionnals with patients. ALA has organized many educational courses, workshops, national and international symposiums for both health profesionnals and patients, since the establishment. This year we are excited to announce our first multidisciplinary congress with international participants. Your attendance will support and honor us.

Our congress will be held between 11-13th of October 2019, in İstanbul. The first two days there will be panels related with all aspects of lymphedema and the last day, workshops will be held on topics including; upper and lower extremity lymphedema, kinesiological bandaging in lymphedema, wound care and diagnostic ultrasound in lymphedema. We believe this first Turkish Congress will develop and strengthen international support and contributions on the field of lymphedem.

We wish to be together in İstanbul, to share knowledges and experiences about lymphedema in order to reach current evidence-based diagnostic and treatment approaches, as well as to enhance daignostic and therapeutic skills in the workshops.

Looking forward to meet you in Istanbul between 11-13th of October,

With best regards,

On behalf of the organizing committee

Pinar Borman MD Professor of PMR
Figen Ayhan MD Professor of PMR