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Medical education: a deficiency or a disgrace

Dan Vuong, Minh Nguyen, Neil Piller
25 November 2014

<p>Students and clinicians should be able to establish a diagnosis of lymphoedema along with differential diagnoses, and be aware of effective therapeutic interventions. However, it is commonly misdiagnosed. This paper summarises published knowledge on lymphoedema and lymphatic system teaching in medical courses. The lack of results suggests that despite an exponential increase in understanding and research in lymphatics, this has not yet translated into the realms of medical education. Until this undergraduate educational gap is addressed, there will continue to be a lack of awareness and resulting poor management of patients with these afflictions.</p>

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