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Angiology. 2001 Aug;52(8):573-4.

Self-drainage lymphatic technique.

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  • 1Department of Cardiology and Vascular Surgery, São José do Rio Preto University School of Medicine, São Paulo, Brasil. godoyjmp@riopreto.com.br


About 100 million people around the world have lymphedema; however, a large number do not have access to any kind of treatment. The current study reports on a technique of lymphatic self-drainage. The method consists of utilizing rods, bars, or any cylindrical object that rolls smoothly over the skin area to be drained. During this gliding motion a pressure of around 30 to 40 mm Hg should be exerted by the patient. The classical concepts of lymphatic drainage should be followed. This new method was subjected to a lymphoscintigraphic, anthropometric, and clinical evaluation demonstrating its usefulness in treating lymphedema.

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