A systematic review of the evidence for complete decongestive
therapy in the treatment of lymphedema from 2004 to 2011.
Interventions for Lymphedema Recommended for Practice * Complete decongestive
therapy * Compression bandaging * Infection treatment Likely to Be Effective * Maintaining optimal body weight * Manual lymph drainage Benefits Balanced With Harms * Exercise * Prophylactic antibiotics for recurrent infections * Surgical intervention Effectiveness Not Established * Compression garments * Hyperbaric oxygen * Low-level laser therapy * Nanocrystalline silver dressing on lymphatic ulcers * Pneumatic compression pump * Simple lymphatic drainage with aromatherapy Not Recommended for Practice * Diuretics * Benzopyrenes Note.
One of the few larger studies on the topic (Ko, Lerner, Klose, & Cosimi, 1998) reported on a prospective study of 299 consecutive patients referred for treatment of lymphoedema via Complex Decongestive
Variously called complex physical therapy (CPT), complex decongestive
therapy (CDT), complex lymphedema therapy (CLT) or complete decongestive
physiotherapy, these multidimensional approaches claim fairly high, consistent levels of success.
lymphatic therapy for patients with breast carcinoma associated lymphedema.
treatmentof acute decompensated heart failure: cardiorenal implications ofultrafiltration and diuretics.
In addition, complete decongestive
lymphedema therapy services are being provided by Carma Douglas, registered nurse.
Lymphatic Manual Drainage & Complex Decongestive
Therapy has been accredited on a postgraduate basis.
The current standard of managing lymphedema is called complete or complex decongestive
therapy (Armer, 2005; Hinrichs et al.
Because the difference of diameter does not require the compression bandage step of the complete decongestive
therapy (CDT), its steps outside bandage (skin care, self-massage, compression, exercise, and diet) were administered.
The United States is the largest global market for over-the-counter (OTC) medications, with sales predicted to reach $33 billion by 2016, according to the July "Category Insight: Pain Relief, Decongestive
, Cough, Cold, Flu & Allergy Relief" report from global market research firm Mintel.
These are manual lymphatic drainage, compression therapy, skin therapy and exercise - and collectively they are known as "combined decongestive