[Wobenzyme and diuretic therapy in lymphedema after breast operation]

Wien Med Wochenschr. 1996;146(4):67-72; discussion 74.
[Article in German]

Abstract

The authors of this clinical study report the results of a controlled clinical trial in randomized parallel groups (Wobenzym vs. diuretics) of 55 female patients suffering from brachial arm lymph edema subsequent to ablatio mammae. All patients received manual and machine lymph drainage as well as gymnastics as concomitant therapy. After 7 weeks of therapy the results of the volometric assessments of the arm, the circumference of the arm and the skinfold thickness showed significant improvements compared to diuretics. In addition, the patients receiving Wobenzym reported a significantly higher proportion of patients free of pain compared to the diuretics patients. Overall safety assessment results are satisfactory thus resulting in a superior benefit/risk relation of the Wobenzym group.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • English Abstract
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adjuvants, Immunologic / administration & dosage*
  • Adjuvants, Immunologic / adverse effects
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Diuretics / administration & dosage*
  • Diuretics / adverse effects
  • Drug Combinations
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hydrolases / administration & dosage*
  • Hydrolases / adverse effects
  • Lymph Node Excision*
  • Lymphedema / drug therapy*
  • Lymphedema / etiology
  • Mastectomy*
  • Middle Aged
  • Postoperative Complications / drug therapy*
  • Postoperative Complications / etiology
  • Rutin / administration & dosage*
  • Rutin / adverse effects
  • Treatment Outcome

Substances

  • Adjuvants, Immunologic
  • Diuretics
  • Drug Combinations
  • Rutin
  • Wobenzym
  • Hydrolases