Raines JK, O`Donnell TF Jr, Kalisher L, Darling RC.
Selection of patients with lymphedema for compression therapy.
Am J Surg 1977 Apr;133(4):430-7

Seventeen patients with lymphedema were treated with intermittent external
pneumatic compression. Two patients with hemodynamically significant venous
obstruction showed no response to therapy. The response of the remaining fifteen
patients varied with the degree of subcutaneous tissue fibrosis.
Xeroradiographic estimates of tissue compressibility provided valuable prognostic information.
Intermittent external pneumatic compression is an effective
nonsurgical method of treatment in patients selected by xeroradiography