Sequential pneumatic compression for lymphedema: a controlled trial
Sequential pneumatic compression for lymphedema: a controlled trial.
PUBLICATION: Richmand DM, O’Donnell TF Jr, Zelikovski A. (1985) Arch Surg, Oct, 120(10), 1116-1119.
STUDY SIZE: 25 patients
A prospective study of seven patients with upper extremity and 18 patients with lower extremity lymphedema was performed. Treatment was applied for 24 hours in an inpatient setting. All extremities showed a decrease in circumferential measurements. Lower extremity leg volume was reduced by 45%. No elevation in serum muscle enzyme levels was noted. The Lympha Press® reduced lymphedema rapidly and safely. Follow up at three to six months after treatment showed that patients who were compliant with use of static compression garments-maintained retention of 50% or more of their reduction.