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J R Soc Med. 1988 July; 81(7): 377–379.
PMCID: PMC1291663

Which patients with arm oedema are helped by intermittent external pneumatic compression therapy.


Twenty-two breast cancer patients with arm oedema answered a questionnaire to assess the efficacy of intermittent pneumatic compression therapy. Ten patients found the treatment useful, 12 were disappointed. A number of factors were analysed to find out whether it is possible to predict the outcome of treatment.

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