A Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing Platelet-Rich Plasma, Low-Level Laser Therapy, and Complex Decongestive Physiotherapy in Patients with Lower Limb Lymphedema


AKGÜL A., TARAKCI E., ARMAN S. N., ÇİVİ KARAASLAN T., Irmak S.

LYMPHATIC RESEARCH AND BIOLOGY, vol.18, no.5, pp.439-447, 2020 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 18 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1089/lrb.2019.0064
  • Journal Name: LYMPHATIC RESEARCH AND BIOLOGY
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, BIOSIS, EMBASE, MEDLINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.439-447
  • Keywords: complex decongestive physiotherapy, low-level laser therapy, platelet-rich plasma, QoL, secondary lymphedema
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: No

Abstract

Background: Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is an autologous concentrated preparation of platelets characterized by lymphangiogenetic and tissue-repairing effects. Although PRP has been safely used in many different fields, there is no clinical study regarding the use of PRP in lymphedema treatment in humans. We assessed the clinical outcomes of PRP in patients with lower extremity lymphedema (LEL) in a randomized controlled trial.