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Arch Surg. 1985 Oct;120(10):1116-9.

Sequential pneumatic compression for lymphedema. A controlled trial.


We examined prospectively the effect of a new compression device for lymphedema, which utilizes a short duration and high-pressure cycle, that provides a sequential milking pattern to the limb through multiple compartments. Twenty-five patients (seven patients for upper-extremity and 18 for lower-extremity problems) underwent 24 hours of treatment. All extremities showed a decrease in circumferential measurements with the maximal reduction occurring at the wrist (45%) for the upper extremities and at the mid-calf (47%) for the lower extremities. Lower-extremity leg volume was reduced by 45%. Despite the high pressures no elevation in serum muscle enzyme levels was noted. This device reduced lymphedematous limbs rapidly and safely.

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