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Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2004 May-Jun;21(3):228-32.

Reduction of edema of lower extremities by subcutaneous, controlled drainage: eight cases.

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Palliative Care Services, Pasqua Hospital, Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Abstract

This paper discusses the pathophysiology and modern treatment of edema. Dissatisfied with the treatment available, the authors report on the use of a closed, controlled drainage procedure in eight patients with severe edema of the lower limbs. It is important to note that this technique is used as a palliative procedure. Seven out of the eight patients considered the procedure to have been worthwhile, experienced improvement, and died comfortably.

PMID:
15188924
DOI:
10.1177/104990910402100314
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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