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Dermatology Research and Practice
Volume 2014, Article ID 430636, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/430636
Research Article

Synergistic Effect of Elastic Stockings to Maintain Volume Losses after Mechanical Lymphatic Therapy

1Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery Department, Medicine School in São José do Rio Preto (FAMERP), Avenida Constituição 1306, 15025-120 São José do Rio Preto, SP, Brazil
2Research Group Godoy Clinic, São José do Rio Preto, Brazil
3Medicine School of ABC, São Paulo, Brazil
4Medicine School in São José do Rio Preto (FAMERP), São José do Rio Preto, Brazil
5Post-Graduate Specialization Course on Lymphovenous Rehabilitation (FAMERP), São José do Rio Preto, Brazil

Received 7 March 2014; Revised 13 May 2014; Accepted 6 June 2014; Published 19 June 2014

Academic Editor: Lajos Kemeny

Copyright © 2014 José Maria Pereira de Godoy et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The objective of the current study was to assess whether Venosan elastic stockings have a synergistic effect on the maintenance of results after Mechanical Lymphatic Therapy. Eleven patients with grade II lymphedema of the legs, regardless of cause, were evaluated in the Clinica Godoy between September and November 2012. The participants’ ages ranged from 53 to 83 years old with a mean of 65.1 years. Two groups were formed with Group I using Venosan elastic stockings and Group II not using any type of compression therapy. Evaluations of the lymphedematous legs were performed before and after each drainage session using bioimpedance. Patients who wore elastic stockings had a greater volume reduction than those who did not wear stockings (unpaired -test: value < 0.001).