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Panminerva Med. 1998 Mar;40(1):48-50.

Manual lymphatic drainage for chronic post-mastectomy lymphoedema treatment.

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Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy Unit S. Chiara Hospital, Pisa University, Italy.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The authors evaluated the chronic post-mastectomy lymphoedematous tissue and the effects of manual lymphatic drainage (Leduc method) with and without compressive bandage.

METHODS:

The arms were measured before and after physical therapy and the results were expressed as a percentage decrease. Physical therapy was performed first by manual lymphatic drainage only and after by manual lymphatic drainage plus compressive bandage.

RESULTS:

We observed that during manual lymphatic drainage plus compressive bandage the total percentage decrease of whole limb was the highest: 41.1 +/- 12.2% versus 30.4 +/- 15.8% (p < 0.05). Clinical and physiopathological implication are discussed.

PMID:
9573754
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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