[Therapeutic effect of heating and bandage treatment for chronic lymphedema of extremities accompanied with erysipelas: a report of 80 cases].

To investigate the therapeutic effect of heating and bandage treatment for chronic lymphedema of extremities accompanied with erysipelas.
From March 2004 to March 2013, 80 patients with chronic lymphedema of extremities accompanied with erysipelas were analyzed retrospectively. The patients underwent heating treatment (42 degree centigrade) with infrared light machine made by Shanghai Ninth People's Hospital, 2 hours a day, 20 hours for a session. Bandage treatment was adopted after heating treatment. 1 or 2 sessions were performed for each patient every year. The erysipelas occurring frequency, patients subjective feeling, treatment sessions and elastic material usage was recorded during the follow-up period. The erysipelas occurring frequency was tested by the method of rank and inspection. SPSS 17. 0 was used for statistical analysis.
After heating and bandage treatment, the occurrence frequency of erysipelas was obviously controlled (Z = 7.598, P = 0.000). Erysipelas was not occurred any more in 60 (75%)patients. Remarkable reduction of occurrence frequency of erysipelas caused by various reasons was showed after treatment. Primary and secondary lymphedema after treatment were compared with those before treatment respectively, showing statistical difference (Z = 3.417 and 5.009, P = 0.001 and 0.000). Most of patients felt better subjectively. The relapse rate of erysipelas and lymphedema was lower if keeping using elastic material to give more pressure on extremities after therapy.
Heating and bandage treatment can obviously reduce the occurrence frequency of erysipelas. It can improve the quality of patients' lives. Simultaneously, the subsequent elastic material pressure therapy is essential.
AuthorsKe Li, Ningfei Liu, Lanfen Fu, Li Wang, Jiajia Chen, Chen Liang, Yixin Zhang
JournalZhonghua zheng xing wai ke za zhi = Zhonghua zhengxing waike zazhi = Chinese journal of plastic surgery (Zhonghua Zheng Xing Wai Ke Za Zhi) Vol. 31 Issue 1 Pg. 39-42 (Jan 2015) ISSN: 1009-4598 [Print] China
PMID26027323 (Publication Type: English Abstract, Journal Article)
  • Bandages
  • Chronic Disease
  • Combined Modality Therapy (methods)
  • Erysipelas (complications, therapy)
  • Extremities
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hyperthermia, Induced (methods)
  • Lymphedema (complications, therapy)
  • Middle Aged
  • Pressure
  • Recurrence
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Time Factors

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