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Our Compression Bulletins

The Compression Bulletin is a bi-annual magazine published by SIGVARIS GROUP. It provides a selection of reviews or summaries of the latest scientific publications in the field of phlebology, lymphology and compression therapy. It is edited by two world-renowned experts in phlebology: Prof. H. Partsch and Prof. E. Rabe. Our Compression Bulletin web articles are published in English; the Bulletins are available for download in English and German. The Compression Bulletin is a free publication. To register and receive it twice a year by email, simply enter your email address in the registration section.

Compression Bulletin 43
Elastic compression stockings for prevention of the post-thrombotic syndrome in patients with and without residual vein thrombosis and/or popliteal valve reflux // The comparative efficacy of conventional short-stretch multilayer bandages and velcro adjustable compression wraps in active treatment phase of patients with lower limb lymphedema // Editor’s choice – European Society for Vascular Surgery (ESVS) 2022 clinical practice guidelines on the management of chronic venous disease of the lower limbs
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Compression Bulletin 42
Compression Bulletin 42
Compression therapy is not contraindicated in diabetic patients with venous or mixed leg ulcer // Is compression therapy contraindicated in lower leg erysipelas? Results of a retrospective analysis. // Occupational leg edema - use of compression stockings
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Compression Bulletin 41
Lower limbs venous compression reduces the incidence of maternal hypotension following epidural analgesia during term labor // Compression stockings for the prevention of venous leg ulcer recurrence: a health technology assessment // Compression therapy to prevent recurrent cellulitis of the leg
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Compression Bulletin 40 special edition
Risks and Contraindications of Medical Compression Treatment – A Critical Reappraisal. An International Consensus Statement.
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Compression Bulletin 39
Better wearing comfort of knee-length elastic compression stockings with an interface pressure of 18–21 mmHg compared to 23–32 mmHg in elderly people after a one day trial – Influence on foot deformities, rheumatism and arthritis. // High tolerance of progressive elastic compression in peripheral arterial disease. // Effect of lower leg compression during caesarean section on post-spinal hypotension and neonatal hemodynamic parameters: nonrandomized controlled clinical trial.
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Compression Bulletin 38
Adjustable compression wrap devices are cheaper and more effective than inelastic bandages for venous leg ulcer healing. A Multicentric Italian Randomized Clinical Experience // Importance of adequate pressure in compression therapy. Basis for successful treatment // Round-knit or flat-knit compression garments for maintenance therapy of lymphedema of the leg? – Review of the literature and technical data
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Compression Bulletin 37
Validation of a gravitational model to study local endogenous biomarkers in chronic venous insufficiency // Graduated compression stockings for prevention of deep vein thrombosis Comparison of 15–20 mmHg versus 20–30 mmHg compression stockings in reducing occupational oedema in standing and seated healthy individuals // Treatment protocol on stasis edema in poorly mobile nursing home patients
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Compression Bulletin 36
One versus two years of elastic compression stockings for prevention of post-thrombotic syndrome (OCTAVIA study): randomised controlled trial // Individualised versus standard duration of elastic compression therapy for prevention of post-thrombotic syndrome (IDEAL DVT): a multicentre, randomised, single-blind, allocation-concealed, non-inferiority trial // Clinical and economic impact of compression in the acute phase of deep vein thrombosis Compression therapy for prevention of post-thrombotic syndrome.
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Compression Bulletin 35
Control of lower extremity edema in patients with diabetes: double blind randomized controlled trial assessing the efficacy of mild compression diabetic socks // Effects of compression stockings on elevation of leg lymph pumping pressure and improvement of quality of life in healthy female volunteers: A randomized controlled trial // Compression use in the era of endovenous interventions and wound care centres //Acceptance, compliance and effects of compression stockings on venous functional symptoms and quality of life of Italian pregnant women
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Compression Bulletin 34 special edition
Medical Compression Stockings in Venous and Lymphatic Disorders. Consensus Group: Eberhard Rabe, Hugo Partsch, Juerg Hafner, Christopher Lattimer, Giovanni Mosti, Martino Neumann, Tomasz Urbanek, Monika Hübner, Sylvain Gaillard, Patrick Carpentier.
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Compression Bulletin 33
Eliciting patients’ preferences for elastic compression stocking therapy after deep vein thrombosis: potential for improving compliance // Compression therapy – current practice of care: level of knowledge in patients with venous leg ulcers // Impact of compression stockings vs continuous positive airway pressure on overnight fluid shift and obstructive sleep apnea among patients on dialysis // A randomized crossover trial on the effect of compression stockings on nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy
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Compression Bulletin 32
Hemodynamic performance of low strength below knee graduated elastic compression stockings in health, venous disease, and lymphedema // Venous leg symptoms in healthy subjects assessed during prolonged standing // The effects of short-term use of compression stockings on health related quality of life in patients with chronic venous insufficiency // A compression kit of a stocking and three superimposed leggings is easy to don and dose adjustable
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