Klippel- Trenaunay Syndrome

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¿What Is Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome? Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome or KTS, is a rare condition characterized by the appearance of what is called strawberries, vericous veins, and possibly extreme growth of limbs and other body structures. This condition can exhibit all three of these symptoms, but almost always has to have two. This condition can range from being minor abnormalities or can be a massive malformation in the body. KTS can be a very painful condition when the person is very active because it may put a lot of stress on the effected body part. This condition is mostly found in the limbs, but can be found in many other parts of the body. KTS can be found in a wide range of age groups, mostly from newborn to around 90 years old in both males and females. KTS is not life threatening. Only three deaths have been recorded, which is only 1 percent of the total number.

The only way you can acquire this condition is to be born with it. This condition is very, very, rare. There were only around 500 cases reported a few years ago.

¿Is There A Cure? No. Although experts have been looking for a cure for years, one has yet to be found. They have come up with painkillers and other relieving drugs but a final cure hasn't been found. There is one method where they take out some of the veins and capillaries from around that area. This Procedure hasn't yet been proven 100 percent successful. One painkiller is called Naproxen that is an anti-inflammatory and a pain reliever. There is no known side effects, and this medicine works very well.

¿Treatment Of KTS? The two ways of treating this condition are Nonoperative and surgical operations. Nonoperative procedures include external compression stockings and garments.