Intermittent compression units for the postphlebitic syndrome. A pilot study Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • The postphlebitic syndrome is a common affliction with limited therapeutic options. Patients who fail to respond to treatment with graded elastic compression stockings often develop a chronic pain syndrome manifested by intractable pain and swelling. Because lymphedema, a condition also associated with leg pain and swelling, has been successfully treated by intermittent compressive therapy with an extremity pump, we conducted a pilot study of compressive therapy in patients with severe postphlebitic syndrome. All five patients studied had dramatic improvement in symptoms and functional status without side effects. Although a large randomized trial is needed to properly evaluate compressive therapy, it appears to be very effective in selected patients.

publication date

  • July 1, 1989