Compression Therapy of Vein and Lymph Vessel Diseases of the Lower Extremities

Orbach, E. J.
February 1979
Angiology;Feb1979, Vol. 30 Issue 2, p95
Academic Journal
Compression therapy of vein and lymph vessel diseases of the lower extremities has been used for over 2½ millenia. A short historic survey is given. The theoretic basis is to prevent edema by helping the pump action of the calf muscles reverse the pathologic caudad blood flow upward toward the vena cava inferior, and to attempt to fix a fresh thrombus in the calf veins and thus prevent pulmonary embolism. The available material, including bandages, elastic stockings, the technique, indications, complications, and especially allergic skin reactions are discussed. It must be stressed that in applying the bandages the pressure must be strongest at the ankles to overcome the endovenous hypertension, which is highest there.


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