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Electromagnetic diathermia: a lymphoscintigraphic and light reflection rheographic study of leg lymphatic and venous dynamics in healthy subjects.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10769811     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Because electromagnetic diathermia (ED) has been reported to reduce lymphedema, we opted to examine the effects of ED on leg venous and lymph dynamics in healthy subjects. To examine lymph flow, we performed lymphangioscintigraphy (LAS) in 10 subjects without leg edema and used static images at the injection site and at the inguinal region for "control data." Later, we applied ED (2450 MHz, 200W) and then repeated the LAS using the same dosage and volume. Differences between the first and second sessions were examined using two way ANOVA and the differences between the scores with or without ED were analyzed by a Student's t-test. To examine venous flow, we first tested the left lower leg of 15 healthy subjects on two occasions using light reflection rheography (LRR). Venous refill time was recorded after each individual performed 10 dorsiflexions with the left foot on three occasions with an interval of 3 minutes between each recording. Thereafter, 20 minutes ED (2450 MHz, 200 W) was applied and using the same protocol venous refill time was recorded and repeated after an interval of one week. The 20% level and the declination angle of the refill time was determined and differences between the experimental and control groups analyzed by ANOVA. The results between the first and second sessions were consistent and reproducible with or without the electromagnetic application, with no change of radiotracer transport from the injection site or arrival at the inguinal nodes. There was also a high correlation between the scores for the 50% level and declination angle (r = 0.97) after LRR. Thus, after ED there was an accelerated venous refill time. In conclusion, after ED there was no increase in lymph flow but there was accelerated venous return.
P van der Veen; F Kempenaers; S Vermijlen; C Van Waeyenberghe; E Kerckhofs; A Bossuyt; P Van den Brande; P Lievens
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Lymphology     Volume:  33     ISSN:  0024-7766     ISO Abbreviation:  Lymphology     Publication Date:  2000 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-07-06     Completed Date:  2000-07-06     Revised Date:  2006-11-03    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0155112     Medline TA:  Lymphology     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  12-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Rehabilitation Research, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.
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MeSH Terms
Electromagnetic Fields*
Lymph / physiology*
Lymphedema / physiopathology,  radionuclide imaging,  therapy*
Reference Values
Technetium Tc 99m Aggregated Albumin / diagnostic use*
Venous Pressure / physiology*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Technetium Tc 99m Aggregated Albumin

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