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International Journal of Vascular Medicine
Volume 2014, Article ID 640189, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/640189
Research Article

Synergistic Effect of Adjustments of Elastic Stockings to Maintain Reduction in Leg Volume after Mechanical Lymph Drainage

1Department of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery, Medicine School, FAMERP and CNPq (National Council for Research and Development), 15025120 São Jose do Rio Preto, SP, Brazil
2Godoy Clinic, Avenida Constituição 1306, 15025120 São Jose do Rio Preto, SP, Brazil
3FAMERP and Clinical Research Group of the Godoy Clinic, 15025120 São Jose do Rio Preto, SP, Brazil
4Medicine School of ABC and Clinical Research Group of the Godoy Clinic, 15025120 São Jose do Rio Preto, SP, Brazil
5Medicine School, FAMERP and Clinical Research Group of the Godoy Clinic, 15025120 São Jose do Rio Preto, SP, Brazil

Received 5 June 2014; Accepted 30 August 2014; Published 21 September 2014

Academic Editor: Mark Morasch

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 present study was to evaluate the effect of elastic compression stockings on volumetric variations of lymphedematous limbs between mechanical lymph drainage sessions. Eleven patients with Grade II leg lymphedema, regardless of etiology, were evaluated in a randomized clinical trial. The ages ranged from 47 to 83 years old with a mean of 62.4 years. Participants were submitted to mechanical lymph drainage (RAGodoy) associated with adjusted and unadjusted knee-high elastic compression stockings (20/30 Venosan). The effect of these stockings on the maintenance of volumetric reductions between sessions of lymph drainage was assessed. In all, 33 evaluations were carried out, 18 of patients using well-adjusted stockings and 15 with badly-adjusted stockings. The differences in volumes were significant (unpaired -test; -value < 0.0001). Adjusting the compression provided by elastic stockings according to the size of the leg has a synergistic effect in reducing volume during mechanical lymph drainage.