Generalized Lymphatic Anomaly (GLA) | Diagnosis

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How is generalized lymphatic anomaly diagnosed?

During your initial evaluation, your physician will conduct a thorough medical exam and ask questions about your child to create a detailed medical history.

Tests your physician may recommend include one or more of the following:

If necessary, a biopsy, a procedure in which a tissue sample is taken for further testing in the laboratory, may be taken. However, a biopsy can also present risks, so it is only performed if needed.

There is no one test that can positively diagnose GLA. Because this condition is easily missed or misdiagnosed as asthma, it may go undetected until a patient undergoes an imaging study.

The goal during diagnosis is to pinpoint the location and severity of GLA and use that information to develop a customized, targeted treatment plan.

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