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Venous leg ulcers

Rafael García Carretero, Maria Garrido-Ollero, Ana Martinez-Alvarez, Ana Cadenas-Vara
Chronic leg ulcers can have a major impact on the quality of life of patients. These wounds can be complex and hard to heal, as several factors may affect the outcome. Underlying conditions, bacterial growth and excess moisture may prevent wounds from healing. We describe the case of a patient with known chronic venous disease, who was admitted to our hospital for several complex, irregular and infected chronic venous ulcers in his lower legs. The management was frustrating for several months, until we began to use methacrylate powder dressing for his hard-to-heal wounds...
March 15, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Kathleen J Finlayson, Christina N Parker, Charne Miller, Michelle Gibb, Suzanne Kapp, Rajna Ogrin, Jacinta Anderson, Kerrie Coleman, Dianne Smith, Helen E Edwards
The aim of this study was to validate a newly developed tool for predicting the risk of recurrence within 12 months of a venous leg ulcer healing. Performance of the tool to predict recurrence within a 12-month period was assessed using Area Under the Receiver Operating Characteristic Curve (AUC) analysis. Multi-site retrospective and prospective longitudinal studies were undertaken to validate a risk assessment tool for the recurrence of venous leg ulcers within 12 months. In the retrospective study (n = 250), 55% of venous leg ulcers recurred within 12 months, and the risk assessment total score had excellent discrimination and goodness of fit with an AUC of 0...
March 13, 2018: International Wound Journal
Hallie E Baer-Bositis, Taylor D Hicks, Georges M Haidar, Matthew J Sideman, Lori L Pounds, Mark G Davies
OBJECTIVE: Tibial interventions for critical limb ischemia are now commonplace. Restenosis and occlusion remain barriers to durability after intervention. The aim of this study was to examine the patient-centered outcomes of open and endovascular reintervention for symptomatic recurrent disease after a primary isolated tibial endovascular intervention. METHODS: A database of patients undergoing isolated primary lower extremity tibial endovascular interventions between 2006 and 2016 was retrospectively queried...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Nicolas Cerusico, Juan P Aybar, Silvana Lopez, Silvia G Molina, Romina Chavez Jara, Maria Eugenia Sesto Cabral, Juan C Valdez, Aida Ben Altabef, Alberto N Ramos
Chronic venous leg ulcer (CVLU) arises as a chronic venous insufficiency complication and is a major cause of morbidity throughout the world. Our hypothesis is that the CVLU exudate composition is a biochemical representation of the wound clinical state. Then, Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy could be a useful and less-invasive technique to study the clinical state of the ulcer. For this, the aim of this work was to perform a spectral characterization of the exudate from CVLU using FTIR spectroscopy to identify potential healing markers...
March 7, 2018: Analyst
Stefan Walzer, Daniel Dröschel, Lutz Vollmer, Leanne Atkin, Karen Ousey
OBJECTIVE: Venous leg ulcers (VLUs) cause significant pain and suffering for patients. Additionally, they place considerable financial and service burden on the National Health Service (NHS). A large proportion of VLUs do not heal within the standard time frame of 16-24 weeks, resulting in static wounds which commonly have issues with increasing exudate production. As the NHS continues to face times of austerity, services need to find solutions to be able to reduce costs and release nursing time while maintaining standards of care...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Wound Care
David Russell, Leanne Atkin, April Betts, Caroline Dowsett, Francis Fatoye, Sarah Gardner, Julie Green, Chris Manu, Tracey McKenzie, Helena Meally, Louise Mitchell, Julie Mullings, Isaac Odeyemi, Andrew Sharpe, Gillian Yeowell, Nancy Devlin
OBJECTIVE: Managing chronic wounds is associated with a burden to patients, caregivers, health services and society and there is a lack of clarity regarding the role of dressings in improving outcomes. This study aimed to provide understanding on a range of topics, including: the definition of chronicity in wounds, the burden of illness, clinical outcomes of reducing healing time and the impact of early interventions on clinical and economic outcomes and the role of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) in wound healing...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Wound Care
Flora N Balieva, Andrew Y Finlay, Jörg Kupfer, Lucía Tomas Aragones, Lars Lien, Uwe Gieler, Françoise Poot, Gregor B E Jemec, Laurent Misery, Lajos Kemeny, Francesca Sampogna, Henriët van Middendorp, Jon Anders Halvorsen, Thomas Ternowitz, Jacek C Szepietowski, Nikolay Potekaev, Servando E Marron, Ilknur K Altunay, Sam S Salek, Florence J Dalgard
Skin disease and its therapy affect health-related quality of life (HRQoL). The aim of this study was to measure the burden caused by dermatological therapy in 3,846 patients from 13 European countries. Adult outpatients completed questionnaires, including the Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI), which has a therapy impact question. Therapy issues were reported by a majority of patients with atopic dermatitis (63.4%), psoriasis (60.7%), prurigo (54.4%), hidradenitis suppurativa (54.3%) and blistering conditions (53%)...
March 2, 2018: Acta Dermato-venereologica
Fedor Lurie, Samir Bittar, Gregory Kasper
Venous leg ulcers remain a major public health issue with significant economic impact. Two main components of the management of patients with venous leg ulcers are compression therapy and wound care. This article addresses principles and specific aspects of compression therapy and focal wound care for patients with venous leg ulcers.
April 2018: Surgical Clinics of North America
Joseph D Raffetto
Chronic venous disease and venous leg ulceration are a common disease affecting millions of individuals. The fundamental problem is venous hypertension with resultant clinical manifestations of venous disease including varicose veins, skin changes, and venous leg ulceration. The pathophysiology leading to venous hypertension is complex and multifactorial, involving genetic predisposition, environmental factors, hormones, endothelial dysfunction, inflammatory cells and molecules and activation on the endothelium and vein wall, and disturbances in the balance of cytokines and matrix metalloproteinases...
April 2018: Surgical Clinics of North America
Julie Green, Rebecca Jester, Robert McKinley, Alison Pooler
This article, the first of two, summarises a study that explored the lived experiences of patients with leg ulcers and the impact of this condition on their quality of life. The study had four study phases; phases 1 and 2 employed qualitative methods and are reported here. Initially, unstructured interviews were held; these revealed significant issues for the patients including the dominance of pain, issues relating to exudate and odour, social isolation and psychological effects. A checklist based on these issues was completed by the researcher during observations of routine care for these same patients; this revealed the extent and depth to which these matters were addressed...
March 2, 2018: British Journal of Community Nursing
Leelavathy Budamakuntla, Eswari Loganathan, Sacchidananda A Sarvajnamurthy, H V Nataraj
Introduction and Objectives: The restoration of the epithelium after injury takes place by migration of epithelial cells adjoining a wound or by centrifugal migration from hair follicles. To evaluate the feasibility and potential healing capacity of scalp follicular unit grafts transplanted into the wound bed of chronic leg ulcers. Materials and Methods: Patients with chronic nonhealing ulcers of more than 6 weeks duration were selected for the study. Those with infected ulcers and uncontrolled diabetes were excluded from the study...
October 2017: Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery
Uwe Wollina, Birgit Heinig, Christian Stelzner, Gesina Hansel, Jacqueline Schönlebe, Georgi Tchernev, Torello Lotti
BACKGROUND: Leg ulcers are a burden to patients, their families and society. The second most common cause of chronic leg ulcers is the mixed arterio-venous type. An 80-year-old female patient presented to our department due to painful enlarging chronic leg ulcer of mixed arteriovenous origin on her left lower leg. She suffered from peripheral arterial occlusive disease stage I and chronic venous insufficiency Widmer grade IIIa, and a number of comorbidities. AIM: The aim of our ulcer treatment was a complete and stable wound closure that was hampered by arterial occlusion, exposed tendon, and renal insiffuciency...
January 25, 2018: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
Fernanda Mansano Carbinatto, Antonio Eduardo de Aquino, Vitória Helena Maciel Coelho, Vanderlei S Bagnato
In this report, we recent a case study on a 50-year-old male patient with different chronic wounds, such as venous ulcer and arterial ulcer in both legs. These wounds have persisted for more than 10 years, despite the different treatments applied, between safenectomy, different dressings, hyperbaric camera, as well as the used of several medicines of oral and topical application. The case is addressed with the aim to evaluate if treatment that uses combined techniques such as low level laser therapy (LLLT), photodynamic therapy and cellulose membrane is able to improve healing and reduction of time of treatment in those types of chronic wounds...
February 19, 2018: Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy
Tenna Klit, Marie Dahl, Kim Christian Houlind, Hans Ravn
BACKGROUND: In patients with critical leg ischemia (CLI), the standard operative choice is an in situ bypass to the lower extremity to improve the patients´ prognosis and quality of life. Postoperative complications after surgery occur in 18 % of the patients, prolonging hospitalization and convalescence. The main operative complication is edema. This can be prevented by early mobilization or stimulation of the natural venous pump in the leg. OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether compression therapy with foot pump reduces postoperative edema, facilitates wound healing of the operation wounds, promotes healing of ischemic ulcers, and shortens hospitalization, increasing and improving the patient's subjective quality of life faster...
February 20, 2018: JMIR Research Protocols
Myriam L Montminy, Arjun Jayaraj, Seshadri Raju
BACKGROUND: Surgical techniques to address various components of chronic venous disease are rapidly evolving. Their efficacy and generally good results in treating superficial venous reflux (SVR) have been documented and compared in patients presenting with pain and swelling. A growing amount of literature is now available suggesting their efficacy in patients with venous leg ulcer (VLU). This review attempts to summarize the efficacy and limitations of commonly used venous interventions in the treatment of SVR and incompetent perforator veins (IPVs) in patients with VLU...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
Catherine R Ratliff
The purpose of this case series was to assess the performance of a concentrated surfactant-based gel (CSG) dressing on 18 patients in the outpatient setting over 4 weeks. Wounds selected were full thickness, had been presented for greater than 4 weeks, and were located on the lower extremities. Patients were given the CSG dressing and instructed on its use. On follow-up clinic visits, the wound was assessed, measurements were obtained, Pressure Ulcer Scale for Healing (PUSH) Tool scores completed, and satisfaction with the dressing was solicited...
March 2018: Journal of Vascular Nursing: Official Publication of the Society for Peripheral Vascular Nursing
Daisy Smith, Rebecca Lane, Rosemary McGinnes, Jane O'Brien, Renea Johnston, Lyndal Bugeja, Victoria Team, Carolina Weller
Standard best practice for the treatment of venous leg ulcers (VLUs) is compression bandaging of the lower leg to reduce hydrostatic pressure. There is considerable variation in reported healing rates when using this gold-standard approach; therefore, a systematic and robust evaluation of other interventions is required. Exercise interventions, in addition to standard compression therapy, could improve wound-healing time and prevent their recurrence. We have conducted a systematic review to examine the effects of exercise on wound characteristics, including time to heal, size and recurrence, pain, quality of life, adverse events, and economic outcomes...
February 15, 2018: International Wound Journal
Andrew Jull, Angela Wadham, Chris Bullen, Varsha Parag, Jill Waters
INTRODUCTION: Keratins, filament-forming proteins found in vertebrate epithelium, are downregulated in slow-healing venous leg ulcers (VLU) compared with normal-healing VLU. Laboratory and animal model research has suggested exogenous keratins increase expression of endogenous keratins. A non-randomised controlled trial of an exogenous keratin dressing reported increased healing in slow-healing VLU. To date, no randomised controlled trial has been done to verify these promising findings...
February 13, 2018: BMJ Open
Catherine N Tchanque-Fossuo, Jillian W Millsop, Mary Ann Johnson, Sara E Dahle, R Rivkah Isseroff
BACKGROUND: Nonmelanoma skin cancers rarely arise from venous leg ulcers (VLUs). Although basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common nonmelanoma skin cancer, its association with lower-extremity ulcers is not as frequently reported as other malignancies. OBJECTIVE: To report a case series of biopsy-proven BCC from lower-extremity ulcers of patients who presented at a multispecialty wound clinic. METHODS: Four male patients (mean age, 82...
March 2018: Advances in Skin & Wound Care
Rosario Miranda, Eleonora Farina, Michele A Farina
OBJECTIVE: The Rigenera system is a new standardised micrograft preparation system. It works by means of automated mechanical disaggregation of small tissue samples, extracting only the smallest cells (<50µm). The aim of this study was to retrospectively evaluate patients affected by chronic ulcers and who were treated with the micrograft preparation method. METHOD: Chronic ulcers have been included regardless of the cause. The specimen was collected with a 3mm diameter biopsy punch and immediately dissociated by means of the Rigenera System...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Wound Care
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