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Wound drainage following radical mastectomy: the effect of restriction of shoulder movement.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  376029     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A randomized prospective clinical trial has been performed to determine the effect of temporary immobilization of the shoulder on wound drainage following radical mastectomy. In 64 patients admitted to the trial the mean volume of drainage was reduced by 40 per cent in those who had shoulder movement restricted for the first 7 days after operation when compared with the group in whom early arm exercises were encouraged. The mean drainage time was reduced by 29 per cent. Shoulder immobilization did not result in increased shoulder stiffness, although there was an increased incidence of mild lymphoedema of the arm.
T J Flew
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The British journal of surgery     Volume:  66     ISSN:  0007-1323     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Surg     Publication Date:  1979 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1979-09-01     Completed Date:  1979-09-01     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372553     Medline TA:  Br J Surg     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  302-5     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM; S    
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MeSH Terms
Clinical Trials as Topic
Middle Aged
Postoperative Period
Random Allocation
Time Factors

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