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International Angiology 2012 October;31(5):494-9


lingua: Inglese

Intensive outpatient treatment of elephantiasis

Pereira De Godoy J. M. 1, Amador Franco Brigidio P. 2, Buzato E. 3, Fátima Guerreiro De Godoy M. 3, 4

1 Department of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery and professor of the post graduation course of Medicine School of São Jose do Rio Preto-FAMERP and Research CNPq (National Council for Research and Development), Brazil; 2 Physiotherapist of the Clinica Godoy, São Jose do Rio Preto, Brazil; 3 Rehabilitation Medicine, School of São José do Rio Preto, São José do Rio Preto, Brazil; 4 Research Clinica Godoy, São José do Rio Preto, Brazil


AIM: The aim of this paper was to report on a novel approach to the intensive outpatient treatment of elephantiasis of an underprivileged population.
METHODS: Prospective, random study, the diagnosis of lymphedema was clinical and the inclusion of patients was by order of arrival in the treatment center where all were invited to participate in the study. Intensive outpatient therapy was performed for 6 to 8 hours daily over a period of four weeks. Eleven legs with grade III elephantiasis of 8 patients were evaluated in a random prospective study. Three patients were men and five were women with ages ranging between 28 and 66 years old. Treatment included mechanical lymph drainage using the RAGodoy® apparatus for a period of 6 to 8 hours daily and the Godoy & Godoy cervical stimulation technique for 20 minutes per day, both associated to the use of a home-made medical compression stocking using a low-stretch cotton-polyester material. Additionally, manual lymph drainage using the Godoy & Godoy technique was performed for one hour. Perimetry was used to compare measurements made before and after treatment, of the three points of the limb with the largest circumferences. The paired t-test was utilized for statistical analysis with an alpha error greater than 5% (P-value <0.05).
RESULTS: Reductions in the perimeter of affected limbs were significant over this 4-week treatment program (P-value=0.001).
CONCLUSION: Intensive outpatient treatment is an option for all types of lymphedema with large volumetric reductions being possible in a short period when treating elephantiasis.

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