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Acta Phlebologica 2019 April;20(1):27-9

DOI: 10.23736/S1593-232X.19.00440-5


language: English

Gain in joint mobility during intensive treatment of lymphedema using Godoy method

Jose M. PEREIRA de GODOY 1 , Lívia M. PEREIRA de GODOY 2, 3, Ana C. PEREIRA de GODOY 3, 4, Renata LOPES PINTO 3, Maria F. GUERREIRO GODOY 3, 5

1 Unit of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery Department of the Medicine School, São José do Rio Preto (FAMERP), CNPq (National Council for Research and Development), São José do Rio Preto, Brazil; 2 Clinic General in Medicine School of Marilia (FANEMA), São Paulo, Brazil; 3 Reserach group of the Godoy Clinic, São José do Rio Preto, Brazil; 4 Unit of Pediatrics Intensive Therapy, Santa Casa de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil; 5 Medicine School (FAMERP), São José do Rio Preto, Brazil

Lymphedema is a clinical condition stemming from the buildup of macromolecules in the interstitial space and the consequent retention of fluid. This paper reports the gain in joint mobility achieved through the intensive treatment of lymphedema using the Godoy method for five days. A 56-year-old patient with a history of chronic edema in the feet for approximately 50 years and frequent episodes of erysipelas (at least once a year) sought our clinic. The physical examination revealed an extensive fibrotic process in the feet, with the right foot limited in movement to less than five degrees (measured using a goniometer). Intensive treatment for lymphedema was performed for five days using the Godoy method, which resulted in improvements in the angle of plantar flexion and extension. In conclusion, the intensive lymphedema treatment employed enables an improvement in joint mobility in a short period of time.

KEY WORDS: Lymphedema; Elephantiasis; Therapeutics; Range of motion, articular

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