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Randomized controlled trial of vacuum therapy for intermittent claudication. J Vasc Surg 2020; 71: 1692-1701

Published: 15th June 2020

Authors: Hageman D, Fokkenrood HJP, van Deursen BAC, Gommans LNM, Cancrinus E, Scheltinga MRM et al.


In addition to supervised exercise, 78 patients were randomly allocated to vacuum therapy for 30min twice weekly for six weeks, or sham treatment. Improvements in quality of life, treadmill walking distance and ambulatory ability were similar in both groups, with vacuum therapy having no additional benefit.

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