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Wednesday, 29 February 2012 20:43

Breast Carcinoma-Associated Lymphedema

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A Randomized, Prospective Study of a Role for Adjunctive Intermittent Pneumatic Compression

Disruption of the lymphatic circulation through breast carcinoma-associated axillary lymph node dissection, with or without radiation therapy, reportedly is the most common cause of lymphedema in developed countries. There is no cure for breast carcinoma-associated lymphedema. Although intermittent pneumatic compression (IPC) has been acknowledged as a potential component of the multidisciplinary therapeutic strategy in the treatment of patients with breast carcinoma-associated lymphedema, prospective study of its adjunctive safety and efficacy is required.

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