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Keywords

breast cancer, kinesiology tape, medical device study, physiotherapy, seroma, wound

 

Authors

  1. Fabro, Erica Alves Nogueira MSc, PT
  2. Teodozio, Clarice Gomes Chagas MSc, PT
  3. Costa, Rejane Medeiros PhD, PT
  4. Macedo, Flavia Oliveira MSc, PT
  5. Cardoso, Aline Cecilia Drumond Dutra Luz Machado BSc
  6. Jacob, Raquel Barroso Evaldt BSc
  7. Thuler, Luiz Claudio Santos MD, PhD
  8. Bergmann, Anke PhD, PT

ABSTRACT

Objective: To evaluate the safety of compressive taping in patients with seroma secondary to breast cancer surgery.

 

Methods: This study was a nonrandomized clinical study of medical devices applied to women indicated for seroma aspiration puncture after breast cancer surgery in a public reference hospital in Brazil. The intervention consisted of applying compressive taping over the seroma fluctuation area and maintained for 5 days. Evaluated outcomes comprised dermal changes caused by taping, subjective symptoms reported during the intervention period, and percent change in the punctured volume before and after the intervention.

 

Results: A total of 35 women (mean age, 56.7 +/- 12.2 years) were included. Most presented with an advanced disease stage (>=IIB; 62.9%). Although a 28.6% incidence of dermal changes caused by taping was observed, an average reduction in the aspirated volume of -28.2 mL was identified (95% confidence interval, -48.3 to -8.0; P = .008). Treatment adherence was high (91.4%), and most patients reported satisfaction with the treatment (85.7%).

 

Conclusions: The use of compressive taping on seroma areas can be considered safe, is well accepted by patients, and might be used as a noninvasive treatment option for seroma developing after breast cancer surgery.