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A Journal on Phlebology
Acta Phlebologica 2015 April;16(1):37-9
In vivo study on the force of pressure exerted by below-knee compression stockings
Bilancini S., Lucchi M., Lucchi G.
J. F. Merlen Research Center for Vascular Illness, Frosinone, Italy
AIM: Aim of the study was to assess the actual compression of stockings in vivo on patients initially and over time.
METHODS: We have included 108 below-knee stockings of 5 different brands at first application and after 180 days, measuring the ankle pressure of the stocking every 30 days by means of a pressure tester.
RESULTS: Some stockings showed a good response over time, with residual satisfactory compression up to 180 days; others proved unsatisfactory, as residual compression decreased significantly at 180 days.
CONCLUSION: No stocking is perfect and the phlebologist should be able to choose from a wide range of possibilities in order to match the best stocking to each patient.