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Resting pressure exerted by round knitted moderate-compression stockings on the lower leg in clinical practice--results of an experimental study.
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PMID:  19732109     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Medical compression stockings (MCSs) can be divided into different classes based on ankle pressure. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether, in clinical practice, off-the-shelf round knitted moderate MCSs exert the intended ankle pressure (23-32 mmHg, recommended by the European Committee for Standardization), whether repeated donning and doffing influences pressure, and whether the pressure gradient descends in a distal-to-proximal direction. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In an open study of 50 patients, resting pressure exerted at the ankle and at four defined measurement points along the medial aspect of the lower leg by round knitted moderate MCSs was measured in clinical practice. RESULTS: The mean ankle interface pressure was 25.84 +/- 5.7 mmHg (range 11-37 mmHg). In 32% of MCSs, it was outside of the desired range. In 75% of these cases, the figure was below and in 25% above the desired range. Repeated donning and doffing caused no significant change. A continuous distal-to-proximal descending pressure gradient was found in 66% of MCSs. CONCLUSIONS: Resting pressure exerted on the lower leg by this MCS was in line with the expected ankle interface pressure and the distal-to-proximal pressure gradient along the lower leg in 62% of cases.
Stefanie Reich-Schupke; Mirja Gahr; Peter Altmeyer; Markus Stücker
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Dermatologic surgery : official publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et al.]     Volume:  35     ISSN:  1524-4725     ISO Abbreviation:  Dermatol Surg     Publication Date:  2009 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-12-16     Completed Date:  2010-01-05     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9504371     Medline TA:  Dermatol Surg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1989-97     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Dermatology and Allergology, Ruhr University Bochum, Bochum, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Lower Extremity
Middle Aged
Stockings, Compression / standards*
Venous Insufficiency / therapy*
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Dermatol Surg. 2009 Dec;35(12):1998   [PMID:  20050148 ]

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