Lymphoedema post-mastectomy: Is elevation alone an effective treatment?

I. Swedborg, J. R. Norrefalk, N. B. Piller, C. Asard

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In an attempt to obtain information about the efficacy of arm elevation on the reduction of lymphoedema following mastectomy, a study on 33 patients was carried out in which both the control, contralateral and lymphoedematous arms were elevated for periods of 1 and 5 h. There were statistically significant (p < 0.05) reductions in the volumes of the control and lymphoedematous arms after 1 and 5 h of elevation. After 1 h of elevation, significantly more fluid was removed from the control arm (2.7%) than the lymphoedematous one (1.3%). At 5 h there was no significant difference in the volume of fluid removed from the control arm (3.3%) compared with the lymphoedematous one (3.1%).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-82
Number of pages4
JournalScandinavian Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1993
Externally publishedYes


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