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Wien Med Wochenschr. 1996;146(4):67-72; discussion 74.

[Wobenzyme and diuretic therapy in lymphedema after breast operation].

[Article in German]

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Universit├Ątsklinik f├╝r Physikalische Medizin und Rehabilitation, Wien.


The authors of this clinical study report the results of a controlled clinical trial in randomized parallel groups (Wobenzym vs. diuretics) of 55 female patients suffering from brachial arm lymph edema subsequent to ablatio mammae. All patients received manual and machine lymph drainage as well as gymnastics as concomitant therapy. After 7 weeks of therapy the results of the volometric assessments of the arm, the circumference of the arm and the skinfold thickness showed significant improvements compared to diuretics. In addition, the patients receiving Wobenzym reported a significantly higher proportion of patients free of pain compared to the diuretics patients. Overall safety assessment results are satisfactory thus resulting in a superior benefit/risk relation of the Wobenzym group.

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