Since "Lymphangioleiomyomatosis" is not a disease of lymphatic origin, the etymological origin of the term could be clarified. suggestions? Youni43 (talk) 18:23, 10 December 2009 (UTC)
According to the The British Lung Foundation, "LAM mainly affects the lungs, where it causes an overgrowth of a certain type of cell (smooth muscle cell). This overgrowth occurs around the airways (breathing tubes), the blood vessels and the lymph vessels (a means of draining excess fluid from the lungs)." So it affects the "Lymph", "angio" (blood vessels) and "leiomyomas" refers to the smooth muscle. Colin°Talk 20:12, 10 December 2009 (UTC)
I added a link to the Wikipedia article on leiomyoma that should help with the etymology.Evaluist (talk) 02:24, 20 January 2010 (UTC)
I've added the one from tuberous sclerosis (TSC). If you have a better one, Samir, then that would be great.
This article covers both sporadic and TSC-releated LAM. From what I've read, sporadic LAM has the same genetic cause (TSC2) as TSC but the person does not have germline TSC. They may be mosaic or have sporadic mutations. Whilst there are statistical differences between the two, the effect on the lungs would appear to be similar. Colin°Talk 15:24, 9 November 2006 (UTC)