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May 7, 1955

A DEVICE FOR RELIEF OF LYMPHEDEMA

JAMA. 1955;158(1):34-35. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960010000009

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Abstract

The general surgeon and the physician are frequently confronted with a patient suffering from obstinate lymph stasis of an extremity. Relief of this refractory condition has come through the use of three rather simple devices: (1) a sleeve or stocking woven of a special nonelastic fabric in the length of which are incorporated two inflatable rubber tubes of about 1 in. caliber (see figure, A); (2) a specially constructed electrically operated timing device, permitting inflation of the rubber tubes for 15 seconds and a collapsing rest of those tubes for 45 seconds of every minute that the device is in operation; and (3) a small tank of compressed air or medical oxygen for inflation of the rubber tubes. The functioning of this therapeutic device is seen in the following case report.

REPORT OF A CASE

A 45-year-old woman had a radical mastectomy in July, 1948. Postoperative convalescence was not unusual.

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