Rehab Science Blog + Patient Resource

The ULTRA (Ubenimex) Clinical Trial for lymphedema failed as expected – but there’s still hope

Eiger BioPharmaceuticals published a press release yesterday announcing that their ULTRA Phase 2 clinical trial investigating Ubenimex for lymphedema did not achieve their endpoints, and that they would not be pursuing additional clinical trials at this time. The ULTRA trial was designed to evaluate the possibility that the drug known…

Patient Guide: Lymphedema Symptoms, Prevention and Management

Lymphedema (also known as “lymphoedema”) is a chronic disease, but with proper education, prevention practices, and management techniques, patients can learn to prevent flare-ups and manage their symptoms. Yes, lymphedema is compatible with an active and healthy lifestyle! In this post we will discuss the basics of this condition, including do’s…

Patient Guide: Manual Lymphatic Drainage After Liposuction

Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) massage is frequently recommended by plastic surgeons during the recovery phase following cosmetic liposuction. This specialized form of massage is generally believed to decrease recovery time and improve results, by reducing post-surgical swelling and fibrosis (scar tissue formation). But is manual lymphatic drainage after liposuction really…

Comprehensive Guide to Lymphedema in Children

Primary and secondary lymphedema in children is relatively rare, but carries with it the significant and lifelong burden of having to manage chronic swelling and prevent secondary complications. Here I describe pediatric lymphedema (also called ‘paediatric lymphoedema’), and the special considerations for diagnosis, ongoing monitoring, treatment, and complications. The majority of patients…