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Pilot Study on the Association of Different Compression Mechanisms to Maintain the Results of Lymphedema Treatment over One Year

Author(s): Jose Maria Pereira de Godoy*, Renata Lopes Pinto, Lívia Maria Pereira de Godoy and Maria de Fatima Guerreiro Godoy

Background: Lymphedema is a chronic disease that has no cure but with treatment it is possible to reduce the swelling to close to normal. Aim: The objective of this study is to report the association of elastic stockings and low-stretch grosgrain stockings to maintain the results of treatment. Method: The maintenance of the results of lymphedema treatment was evaluated for a period of one year in a pilot study. Eleven female and four male patients with a mean age of 58.4 years who had been treated for lower limb lymphedema at the Clinica Godoy were enrolled in this study in 2014. All patients had clinical stage I primary or secondary leg lymphedema; the volume of the leg had been normalized or close to normalized with clinical treatment. After reducing the edema, the patients began to use Venosan® 30/40 mmHg knee length cotton elastic stockings for five days per week and a low-stretch grosgrain stocking twice a week. The paired t-test was used for statistical analysis with an alpha error of 5% being considered acceptable. Results: There were no significant differences between the volume of the leg immediately after treatment and one year later (paired t-test: p-value >0.05). Conclusion: It is possible to maintain the results of treating stage I lymphedema by combining the use of an elastic stocking with a low-stretch grosgrain stocking.


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