A new method to measure subtile changes in relative limb weight: A useful tool for lymphoedema assessment?

N. B. Piller, P. Kohler

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Abstract

Lymphoedema is a progressive condition characterised by many tissue and cellular changes. At gross level there are changes in the size and volume of the limb. Limb volume and size changes are also reflective of how a limb is progressing and if the 'normal' contralateral limb is measured simultaneously, the changes can be used as an indication of how effective the treatment and management strategies are against a known base line. This paper indicates that simple instrument in which the weight of the arm is translated through a strain gauge to a multimeter can accurately indicate limb mass and is sensitive enough to be able to discriminate small changes in mass. It has the advantage over volumetric means in that there is no risk of cross infection of patients through unclean tanks as well as a considerable time saving. It is cheaper than the perometer and an accurate estimation of changes by repeat measurements can be obtained within 30 seconds.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90-92
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Journal of Lymphology and Related Problems
Volume6
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1997

Keywords

  • Lymphoedema
  • Measurement
  • Weight

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