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International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds

Konstantinos Markakis, Rajab Khan, Gerry Rayman, Andrew Jm Boulton
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October 11, 2016: International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds
Sang Woo Park, Junhyung Kim, Jaehoon Choi, Jun Sik Kim, Jeong Hwan Lee, Young Sook Park
Patients scheduled for microsurgical reconstruction of the lower leg often receive preoperative assessment of recipient vessels using angiography. However, no clear standard is available for evaluating angiographic results to predict free-flap survival outcomes. We developed angiographic criteria for predicting surgical outcome in patients with lower-extremity peripheral arterial disease based on abnormality of the anterior tibial and posterior tibial arteries. We applied the criteria to a small number of patients scheduled for microsurgical reconstruction of the lower leg...
September 29, 2016: International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds
Kian Zarchi, Peter Theut Riis, Christine Graversgaard, Iben M Miller, Michael Heidenheim, Gregor B E Jemec
The use of a validated screening questionnaire to identify individuals with chronic leg ulcers allows large-scale population-based studies to be conducted that measure and monitor the prevalence of the disease. The aim of this study was to design and validate such a screening questionnaire to identify patients with chronic leg ulcers. A simple 3-item questionnaire was developed at the Department of Dermatology, University Hospital of Zealand, Denmark. In total, 90 patients attending the department's outpatient clinic for dermatological diseases and chronic wounds were included in this study...
September 29, 2016: International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds
Luca Dalla Paola, Anna Carone, Giulio Boscarino, Giuseppe Scavone, Lucian Vasilache
Diabetic hindfoot ulcers, complicated by osteomyelitis, are associated with a high risk of major amputation. Partial calcanectomy, preceded by an effective management of the infection and of the eventual peripheral artery disease, can be considered as valid therapeutic option. We have evaluated a therapeutic protocol for diabetic hindfoot ulcers complicated by osteomyelitis, which, besides an adequate surgical debridement, considers a reconstructive pathway assisted by the positioning of a circular external fixator...
September 29, 2016: International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds
Dogus Hemsinli, Safiye Tuba Kaplan, Sahin Kaplan, Furkan Yildirim
Ischemic wounds unresponsive to standard treatment in thromboangiitis obliterans are associated with amputation, morbidity, and mortality. In this study, hyperbaric oxygen therapy was added to standard treatment of 36 patients with thromboangiitis obliterans with ischemic ulcerated wounds in the extremities. Full recovery was observed in 52.7% of cases (25% at discharge, 27.7% during follow-up). Resting pain after treatment decreased significantly compared to pretreatment levels based on visual analog scale scores (7...
September 19, 2016: International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds
Emanuela Viviani, Anna Maria Giribono, Donatella Narese, Doriana Ferrara, Giuseppe Servillo, Luca Del Guercio, Umberto Marcello Bracale
Compartment syndrome (CS) is a pathological increase of the interstitial pressure within the closed osseous fascial compartments. Trauma is the most common cause, followed by embolization, burns, and iatrogenic injuries; it usually involves the limbs. The major issue when dealing with CS is the possibility to do an early diagnosis in order to intervene precociously, through a fasciotomy, reducing the risk of tissue, vascular and nervous damage. Although it is an infrequent condition, it is potentially life threatening...
August 31, 2016: International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds
Apirag Chuangsuwanich, Tananchai Assadamongkol, Dheerawan Boonyawan
Pressure ulcers are difficult to treat. Recent reports of low-temperature atmospheric-pressure plasma (LTAPP) indicated its safe and effectiveness in chronic wound care management. It has been shown both in vitro and vivo studies that LTAPP not only helps facilitate wound healing but also has antimicrobial efficacy due to its composition of ion and electron, free radicals, and ultraviolet ray. We studied the beneficial effect of LTAPP specifically on pressure ulcers. In a prospective randomized study, 50 patients with pressure ulcers were divided into 2 groups: Control group received standard wound care and the study group was treated with LTAPP once every week for 8 consecutive weeks in addition to standard wound care...
August 31, 2016: International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds
Neal R Barshes, Cezarina Mindru, Chester Ashong, Maria Rodriguez-Barradas, Barbara W Trautner
We sought to identify factors associated with treatment failure and leg amputations among those patients who presented with foot osteomyelitis. Characteristics, treatments, and outcomes for all patients treated for probable or definite foot osteomyelitis (per consensus definition) between January 2011 and March 2015 were reviewed. Multivariate Cox regression models were used to identify risk factors for treatment failure (unanticipated resection of additional bone or leg amputation) and of leg amputation alone...
August 31, 2016: International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds
Kittipan Rerkasem, Raj Mani
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September 2016: International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds
Fengning Chuan, Min Zhang, Yang Yao, Wenqing Tian, Xiaoqun He, Bo Zhou
The aim of this study was to describe the characteristics of diabetic foot ulcer (DFU) patients with anemia and assess the relationship between anemia and DFU outcome. A retrospective cohort study was conducted on patients with DFU who attended our hospital from May 2007 to September 2014. All of the variables in the DFU patients with and without anemia were compared. In this study, 353 subjects were included, anemia was present in 236 patients (66.9%). These patients were significantly male, more likely to be a smoker, had a lower level of serum albumin and worse kidney function, more likely to use at least 2 types of antibiotics and had a worse perfusion of the lower limb, a larger and deeper ulcer and a more severe infection...
September 2016: International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds
Montana Buntragulpoontawee, Nuttaya Pattamapaspong, Siam Tongprasert
Painful "jumping stump" is an uncommon but very disturbing complication postamputation. This condition is one of the movement disorder entities resulting from peripheral nerve pathology, often known as "peripherally induced movement disorders." Previously case reports have been written about painful and nonpainful incidence of "jumping stump"; however, only the earliest "jumping stump" article in 1852 suspected that neuromas might influence the involuntary movement. In this study, we describe a 38-year-old man with bilateral transfemoral amputee who suffered from painful "jumping stump" with multiple neuromas confirmed by imaging...
September 2016: International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds
Pornprom Muangman, Banjerd Praditsuktavorn, Kusuma Chinaroonchai, Chomchark Chuntrasakul
Technological advancement has assisted in developing various availabilities of wound products that help in not only in healing and preventing infection but also in providing patients' comfort and pain reduction during application. However, most of advanced wound healing products in Thailand were imported at high costs to patients. Nowadays, there are increased numbers of local researches of herbs that could provide healing environment for successful wound care. Herbal wound products are currently being introduced as alternatives to those imported dressings...
September 2016: International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds
Rachael O Forsythe, Baris Ata Ozdemir, Eric S Chemla, Keith G Jones, Robert J Hinchliffe
Scoring systems for diabetic foot ulcers may be used for clinical purposes, research or audit, to help assess disease severity, plan management, and even predict outcomes. While many have been validated in study populations, little is known about their interobserver reliability. This prospective study aimed to evaluate interobserver reliability of 3 scoring systems for diabetic foot ulceration. After sharp debridement, diabetic foot ulcers were classified by a multidisciplinary pool of trained observers, using the PEDIS (Perfusion, Extent, Depth, Infection, Sensation), SINBAD (Site, Ischemia, Neuropathy, Bacterial infection, Depth), and University of Texas (UT) wound classification systems...
September 2016: International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds
Tolga Dinc, Arife Polat Duzgun, Selami Ilgaz Kayilioglu, Ahmet Erdogan, Zeynep Yavuz, Faruk Coskun
Our aim was to evaluate the factors affecting the mortality of patients who underwent nontraumatic major lower limb amputation due to ischemic and/or diabetic causes. A total of 100 patients were included in the study. Among these patients, 70 (70%) underwent below-knee amputation, whereas 30 (30%) underwent above-knee amputation. Eleven (15.7%) of the 70 patients who underwent below-knee amputation and 12 (40%) of the 30 patients who underwent above-knee amputation (P = .008) were deceased. After multivariable Poisson regression analysis, female gender (risk ratio [RR] = 2...
September 2016: International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds
Ayad Jindeel, Charles Gessert, Brian P Johnson
Lower extremity amputation (LEA) is a preventable complication of diabetes and peripheral vascular disease. Hospital-related factors associated with higher LEA are low hospital LEA revascularization volume, rural setting, and nonteaching status. In this study, we describe LEA rates in health care systems and hospitals in Los Angeles County from 2000 to 2010. Data on hospital discharges in Los Angeles County from 2000 to 2010 were obtained from the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development...
September 2016: International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds
KyeongBeom Choi, JaeHo Cho, MyongChul Park, Dong Ha Park, Il Jae Lee
Traditionally, the anterolateral thigh (ALT) free flap is used in distal lower extremity reconstruction. Reverse ALT flap has become one of the most popular choices for knee joint soft tissue defects. A 53-year-old man sustained a degloving injury in the right lateral side of the lower extremity from the lateral malleolar area to the knee joint area. The contamination was severe, necessitating serial debridement and negative pressure wound therapy. After 4 weeks, no more soft tissue necrosis was evident. No more microorganism growth was confirmed by swab culture...
September 2016: International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds
Uwe Wollina, Anja Baunacke, Gesina Hansel
Sarcoidosis is a multisystemic disease of unknown etiology. Up to 30% of patients develop cutaneous manifestations, either specific or nonspecific. Ulcerating sarcoidosis leading to leg ulcers is a rare observation that may lead to confusions with other, more common types of chronic leg ulcers. We report the case of a 45-year-old female patient with chronic multisystemic sarcoidosis presenting with pretibial leg ulcers. Other etiology could be excluded. Histology revealed nonspecific findings. Therefore, the diagnosis of nonspecific leg ulcers in sarcoidosis was confirmed...
September 2016: International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds
Yi-Chun Hou, Chen-Yi Wu
Necrolytic acral erythema (NAE) is a recently recognized dermatosis almost exclusively associated with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, and closely related to zinc deficiency. We present the case of a 60-year-old man with a history of psoriasis and chronic HCV infection, who developed new lesions of NAE extending from previous elephantine psoriatic plaques on bilateral lower legs. According to previous reports, resolution of NAE has been successfully achieved by treatment of the underlying HCV infection, or the use of oral zinc therapy...
September 2016: International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds
Yuanhai Zhang, Xingang Wang, Liangfang Ni, Chunjiang Ye, Jianfen Zhang, Chunmao Han, Chaoheng Yu
para-Chloronitrobenzene (p-CNB) is one of the important chemicals with high liposolubility and oxidizing properties. Heated p-CNB liquid can cause thermal injury by absorption over skin and wound and even methemoglobinemia by conversion of hemoglobin into methemoglobin. Severe methemoglobinemia is a life-threatening condition that demands immediate treatment. It is very rare for individuals to be injured by heated p-CNB, but they should be carefully attended to because of the peculiarities of this kind of injury...
September 2016: International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds
Parviz Farzadinia, Niloofar Jofreh, Saeed Khatamsaz, Ali Movahed, Samad Akbarzadeh, Mostafa Mohammadi, Afshar Bargahi
The aim of the present study was morphological and morphometric investigation of burn healing impacts of an honey, milk, and Aloe vera (HMA) ointment on experimentally induced second-degree burns, to approve the medicinal basis of its use in Iranian traditional medicine. A total of 21 male Albino rats weighing 200 to 300 g were divided into 3 groups of 7, including (1) control group, (2) positive control group, and (3) the treatment group that were treated with eucerin, silver sulfadiazine 3% and HMA ointment 5% respectively...
September 2016: International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds
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