Ernest Starling’s brilliant findings lasted more than 100 years, until the advent of electron microscopy and new ways to assess microcirculation. These new discoveries about the glycocalyx and microvascular fluid exchange inform the latest in lymphedema science.
Learn more with Dr. Andrea Brennan, OTD, OTR/L, CLT-LANA, CI-CS, WCC, who holds a clinical doctorate in occupational therapy with a specialty in lymphedema practice management. A self-described “lymphomaniac,” she is passionate about helping the medical community understand lymphedema. After traveling the world and speaking at international conferences, she is sharing her wisdom with us.
Revising the Starling Principle: The Importance of the Glycocalyx
Click to read part two of Dr. Brennan’s three-part educational series. In this article, Dr. Brennan explains the importance of the endothelial glycocalyx and its role in microvascular pressure and fluid movement.
With detailed explanations, diagrams, and photos, Dr. Brennan shows why we should take a fresh look at the Starling Principle. She also shares the real-world treatment implications of this new research. Please join us for an educational journey that could transform how you care for lymphedema patients.
This is an 8-minute read.
This story series is a partnership of LE&RN, Lympha Press, and Medical Solutions Supplier. For 25 years, Medical Solutions Supplier has provided innovative compression pump home therapy equipment that supports the best possible patient outcomes.