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MICROWAVE: AND ALTERNATIVE TO ELECTRIC HEATING IN THE TREATMENT OF PERIPHERAL LYMPHEDEMA

Authors
  • Ti-sheng Chang
  • Liang-yu Han
  • Ji-liang Gan
  • Wen-yi Huang

Abstract

The results of a new method of treating chronic lymphedema with heat, using microwaves, are described in 98 patients with peripheral lymphedema. Thirteen had bilateral lymphedema and were included only to provide additional evidence of the lack of side-effects using this technique. The remaining 85 patients showed a significant (p less than .001) reduction in the amount of peripheral edema with edema reduction greater than 50% in three-fourths of the patients. The incidence and severity of secondary acute inflammation ("erysipelas") were also sharply reduced (p less than .001). The microwave method of heat application has a number of advantages over an older technique which used electrically-powered heating elements.

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Chang, T. & Han, L. & Gan, J. & Huang, W., (1989) “MICROWAVE: AND ALTERNATIVE TO ELECTRIC HEATING IN THE TREATMENT OF PERIPHERAL LYMPHEDEMA”, Lymphology 22(1), p.20-24.

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Published on
26 Nov 1989
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