CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Indian J Plast Surg 2009; 42(01): 022-030
DOI: 10.1055/s-0039-1699307
Original Article
Association of Plastic Surgeons of India

Comparative results of non-operative multi-modal therapy for filarial lymphoedema

S. B. Gogia
Sanwari Bai Surgical Centre, 28/31 Old Rajinder Nagar, New Delhi - 110 060, India
,
N. C. Appavoo
1  Director of Public Health, Directorate of Health Services, Tamil Nadu, India
,
A. Mohan
2  Filaria Therapy Control Unit, Chengalpattu Dist, Tamil Nadu, India
,
M. Burney Kumar
2  Filaria Therapy Control Unit, Chengalpattu Dist, Tamil Nadu, India
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Publication Date:
15 January 2020 (online)

ABSTRACT

A comparative analysis of different conservative modes of therapy for lymphoedema, largely of Filarial origin, was conducted in a trial therapy unit in Chengalpattu, a Filarial endemic district in Tamil Nadu. Results were compared using a single chambered intermittent pneumatic compression pump, heat therapy, and interferential therapy machines. The results showed improvement of limb size between 20% and 60% of possible reduction (where 100% would mean return of limb circumference to the same as that of the normal side). Pneumatic compression therapy, when used alone, showed the best results, which were significantly better than all others whether alone or in combination.

 
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