Response of Post-Mastectomy Lymphedema to Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy

Department of Physical Therapy for Surgery, Faculty of Physical Therapy, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt Department of General Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt – Post-mastectomy lymphedema is a chronic, debilitating disorder that is frequently misdiagnosed, treated too late or not treated at all, Lymphedema (LE) is an abnormal accumulation of protein-rich fluid in the interstitium leading to limb swelling, chronic inflammation and reactive fibrosis of the affected tissues resulting from damage to lymphatic circulation following surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy. The aim was to investigate the effect of shockwave therapy on the post-mastectomy lymphedema.

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