Authors: G Szolnoky ( ) , M Tuczai ( ) , JM Macdonald ( ) , E Dosa-Racz ( ) , K Barsony ( ) , M Balogh ( ) , G Szabad ( ) , A Dobozy ( ) , L Kemeny ( )
Compression therapy plays a pivotal role in the treatment of venous leg ulcers and clinical observations include lymph stasis as contributing to the maintenance of chronic wounds. This finding raises the question whether further improvement in lymph circulation with manual lymph drainage (MLD) as a part of complex decongestive physiotherapy (CDP) can improve ulcer healing. We examined whether CDP improves healing of venous leg ulcers and compared the efficacy of CDP with that of multilayered compression with short-stretch bandages. Eight patients (mean age: 64.8 years, mean ulcer area: 23.07 cm2, duration of ulcers: 25.37 months) were treated with a 5-day-course of CDP and 9 patients (mean age: 70.77 years, mean ulcer area: 21.47 cm2, duration of ulcers: 15.8 months) were included in a 10-day-course of CDP. Control group consisted of 9 patients (mean age: 56.33 years, mean ulcer area: 13.87 cm2, duration of ulcers: 6.11 months) receiving multilayered compression. Wound surface measurement was carried out on days 5 and 10 and ulcer area reduction rate was calculated as area (initial)-area (final)/time unit. There was no statistical difference between the 5-day-course of CDP and compression of the same duration regarding ulcer healing (t=-1.62, df=15, p=0.125). A 10-day-course of CDP significantly increased ulcer healing compared to compression of the same duration (t=-2.42, df=16, p=0.039). Our preliminary results suggest that MLD as a part of CDP supports healing of venous leg ulcers.
Keywords: manual lymph drainage, venous leg ulcer, compression, ulcer size, lymph stasis
How to Cite: Szolnoky, G. , Tuczai, M. , Macdonald, J. , Dosa-Racz, E. , Barsony, K. , Balogh, M. , Szabad, G. , Dobozy, A. & Kemeny, L. (2019) “ADJUNCTIVE ROLE OF MANUAL LYMPH DRAINAGE IN THE HEALING OF VENOUS ULCERS: A COMPARATIVE PILOT STUDY”, Lymphology. 51(4).