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Ann Plast Surg. 1996 Jun;36(6):576-80; discussion 580-1.

Microwave heating in the management of postmastectomy upper limb lymphedema.

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Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Ninth People's Hospital of Shanghai, China.


The results of treating chronic lymphedema using microwave heating are described in 45 patients with postmastectomy lymphedema of the upper extremity. Forty-five patients showed a significant (p < 0.01) reduction in the amount of peripheral edema after two courses of treatment. The incidence and severity of secondary acute inflammation (erysipelas) were also sharply reduced (p < 0.01). The elasticity of the soft tissue was restored.

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