Multilayer bandaging in hospice patients with malignant lymphoedema

Augusta Balzarini, P. Campanini, L. Craba, C. Piazza, C. Martini, A. Caraceni

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The aim of the study was to evaluate indication and efficacy of multilayer bandaging in patients with advanced cancer related lymphoedema. The study was carried out on 14 patients with malignant lower limb oedema during hospitalisation at Hospice Unit of a comprehensive cancer center. The patients submitted every day to multilayer bandaging with short-stretch monoelastic bandages and exercise programme until discharge or exitus. Results was assessed as percentage reduction in limb size between beginning and end of treatments. In 28.5% lymphoedema reduced by 1.0-3.0 cm, in 28.6% reduction was of 3.0-6.0 cm and in 42.9% of 8.0 cm. The median of reduction was of 6.6%. We also observed regression of lymphorrhea and improvement of skin status, consistency, painful sensation, range of motion, walking.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-27
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Journal of Lymphology and Related Problems
Issue number64
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • Advanced cancer
  • Hospice patients
  • Malignant lymphoedema
  • Multilayer bandaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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    Balzarini, A., Campanini, P., Craba, L., Piazza, C., Martini, C., & Caraceni, A. (2011). Multilayer bandaging in hospice patients with malignant lymphoedema. European Journal of Lymphology and Related Problems, 22(64), 25-27.