The adolescent and the chronic illness: an adolescent with Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome


  • João Canha Psychiatry and Mental Health Service, Centro Hospitalar Vila Nova de Gaia/ Espinho
  • Inês Portinha Pedopsychiatry and Mental Health of Children and Adolescence Department, Centro Hospitalar do Porto



Adolescent, Development, Chronic disease, Psychological adjustment, Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome


Introduction: The relationship between the adolescent and his chronic illness is complex and causes imbalance in his biopsychosocial development. Adolescence constitutes a critical stage with changes that may affect and be affected by illnesses, regardless its specificity.

Case Report: Sixteen year-old male with Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome presenting depressive and anxious symptoms and
poor therapeutic adherence, in relation to his poor adjustment to the disease, with physic, psychic and social impact.

Conclusion: Physical and psychological changes during adolescence pose increased challenges to the management of chronic illness. Therefore, health services should understand its global impact-specially on life quality and well-being perception - and adress this issue with the patients.


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Canha J, Portinha I. The adolescent and the chronic illness: an adolescent with Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome. REVNEC [Internet]. 2015Sep.15 [cited 2023Sep.29];24(3):129-32. Available from:



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