Lymphedema – a life sentence

Lymphedema is the chronic swelling that generally occurs in the arms or the legs.

Lymphedema is most commonly caused by the removal of or the damage to the lymph nodes as a part of cancer treatment. It results from a blockage in the lymphatic system, which is part of the immune system. The blockage prevents the lymphatic system from draining excess fluids, and the fluid buildup leads to swelling, infections and pain.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for lymphedema. It can be managed with early diagnosis and diligent care of the affected limb, through daily compression, bandages and manual drainage sessions. From the moment of the diagnosis, the life of lymphedema patients changes forever.

Cancer and cancer-related interventions (i.e. surgery, radiotherapy) are frequent causes of lymphedema occurring both in the upper and lower limbs. Breast cancer survivors are at high risk for developing lymphedema, as well as patients treated for melanoma, pelvic and head and neck cancer or other cancer treatments that require lymph node dissection. Physical trauma can also result in lymphedema, a major cause of lymphatic disease among wounded veterans.

Lymphedema is associated with significantly impaired quality of life, skin changes, increased risk of infection and in rare cases lymphedema itself may undergo malignant transformation.

10 million

People with Chronic Lymphedema
In Europe and USA

70 billion $

Spent for treatments and hospitalization
in Europe and USA

No cure

Only lifelong conservative therapies:
daily garments and drainages

Our Solution: an Artificial Lymphatic Vessel

A long-term solution that will allow patients to regain their normal lifestyle

It is an implantable medical device, composed of a magnetic micro-pump, a set of subcutaneous catheters and a wearable controller.

  • continuous internal drainage of the lymph
  • minimally invasive surgery (as hydrocephalus shunt)
  • no active elements implanted
  • wearable driver with motor and battery to wear 8h/day

Our Team


Lymphatica got accepted for CTI Start-up coaching

Lymphatica obtains FIT-InnoPACTT support

Winner of 2nd prize at TERMIS 2016 business plan competition!

Emma Muschamp Prix!

Lymphatica is an Imagine IF 2016 Finalist!

Lymphatica got the Academy to Industry Award

EPFL – Enable

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