What is the role of pneumatic pump compression therapy in the treatment of lymphedema?

Updated: Mar 24, 2021
  • Author: Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Intermittent pneumatic pump compression therapy may be instituted, on an outpatient basis or in the home. It provides sequential, active compression from distal to proximal, effectively milking the lymph from the extremity. This treatment is most appropriately used prior to fibrosclerotic evolution, which it assists in preventing. Contraindications to intermittent pneumatic pump compression therapy include congestive heart failure, deep vein thrombosis, and active infection.


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