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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
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
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
Julian F Guest, Karan Rana, Heenal Singh, Peter Vowden
OBJECTIVE: To estimate whether collagen-containing dressings could potentially afford the UK's National Health Service (NHS) a cost-effective intervention for the management of non-healing venous leg ulcers (VLUs). METHOD: This was a modelling study performed from the perspective of the UK's NHS. A combination of published clinical outcomes, resource utilisation estimates and utilities for VLUs enabled the construction of a decision model, depicting the management of a chronic VLU with standard care or with a collagen-containing dressing plus compression therapy followed by standard care, over a period of 6 months...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Wound Care
Omar Mutlak, Mohammed Aslam, Nigel Standfield
BACKGROUND: Venous Leg Ulcer (VLU) affects millions of people, and yet there have been no major advances in its treatment for many decades. Is it the time to change our approach, and try a multidisciplinary one that could bring about a change. The aim of this study is to evaluate whether a regular, home-based exercise could be influential in healing the VLU. METHODS: 80 subjects (mean age: 65.13 years) were recruited for 12 weeks. The participants were randomised into a control group (n=20), a compression therapy group (n=20), an exercise group (n=20) and a compression and exercise group (n=20)...
January 25, 2018: International Angiology: a Journal of the International Union of Angiology
Julian F Guest, Graham W Fuller, Peter Vowden
The aim of this study was to estimate the patterns of care and annual levels of health care resource use attributable to managing venous leg ulcers (VLUs) in clinical practice by the UK's National Health Service (NHS) and the associated costs of patient management. This was a retrospective cohort analysis of the records of 505 patients in The Health Improvement Network (THIN) Database. Patients' characteristics, wound-related health outcomes and health care resource use were quantified, and the total NHS cost of patient management was estimated at 2015/2016 prices...
February 2018: International Wound Journal
Kotaro Suehiro, Noriyasu Morikage, Takasuke Harada, Makoto Samura, Yuriko Takeuchi, Takahiro Mizoguchi, Kimikazu Hamano
Objective: We aimed to study venous leg ulcer (VLU) healing and recurrence rates of VLU using a self-care-based treatment strategy. Methods: The study included 36 patients (43 legs) who visited our clinic between April 2009 and June 2015 because of non-healing VLUs and who had been treated by us for more than a year (until June 2016). Patients or their caregivers were first provided instructions for performing the "no-intentional-stretch" bandaging technique using ordinary elastic bandages. Wounds were cleansed with tepid water daily, and bandages were re-applied by patients or their caregivers; this was continued until VLUs were healed...
September 25, 2017: Annals of Vascular Diseases
Cornelia Wiegand, Kyle Bittenger, Robert D Galiano, Vickie R Driver, Gary W Gibbons
Noncontact low-frequency ultrasound (NLFU) is used to treat various types of chronic wounds including venous, diabetic, and pressure ulcers. The objective for this substudy of the IN BALANCE RCT VLU trial was to characterize and compare the NLFU treatment group and patients receiving standard of care (SOC) with respect to the effect of the assigned study treatment on content/quantity of inflammatory cytokines and fibrinogen as well as bacteria. Higher mean wound area reduction was observed in the NLFU treatment group (67...
September 2017: Wound Repair and Regeneration
M Klonizakis, G A Tew, A Gumber, H Crank, B King, G Middleton, J A Michaels
BACKGROUND: Almost 70% of all leg ulcers have a venous component. Venous leg ulcers (VLU's) are typically painful and heal slowly, resulting in an impaired quality of life (QoL), social isolation and reduced work productivity. Compression therapy offers high healing rates, however, improvements aren't usually sustained. Exercise is a low-cost, low-risk, and effective strategy for improving physical and mental health. However, little is currently known about the feasibility and efficacy of supervised exercise training used in combination with compression therapy in this patient group...
October 27, 2017: British Journal of Dermatology
Daniela Ligi, Lidia Croce, Giovanni Mosti, Joseph D Raffetto, Ferdinando Mannello
Venous leg ulcer (VLU) is a huge healthcare problem with poorly understood pathophysiology. Transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) and endoglin (Eng), are inflammatory and wound healing mediators. Eng, co-receptor for TGF-β type-II receptors, may be cleaved forming soluble Eng (sEng), antagonizing TGF-β signaling, a crucial process in vascular pathologies. We evaluated the accumulation in wound fluid (WF) of TGF-β isoforms and sEng in healing stages, showing the effects of sulodexide treatments, a glycosaminoglycan with clinical efficacy in VLU healing...
October 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Guillaume Chaby, Catherine Lok, Jean Philippe Thirion, Arnaud Lucien, Patricia Senet
OBJECTIVE: An accurate and reliable method for measuring venous leg ulcer (VLU) area is important in assessing treatment effects. The new three-dimensional (3D) LifeViz digital imaging system (QuantifiCare S.A., Valbonne, France) combines a compact, easy to use stereovision camera and image management software to provide 3D medical images. The aim of this prospective study was to investigate whether the 3D LifeViz digital imaging system could be considered a suitable alternative to manual transparent wound tracing for the measurement of VLU area and 4-week healing rates...
November 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
William A Marston, William J Ennis, John C Lantis, Robert S Kirsner, Robert D Galiano, Wolfgang Vanscheidt, Sabine A Eming, Marcin Malka, D Innes Cargill, Jaime E Dickerson, Herbert B Slade
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to characterize factors associated with closure of venous leg ulcers (VLUs) in a pooled analysis of subjects from three randomized clinical trials. METHODS: Closure of VLUs after treatment with HP802-247, an allogeneic living cell therapy consisting of growth-arrested human keratinocytes and fibroblasts, vs standard therapy with compression bandaging was evaluated in three phase 3 clinical trials of similar design. Two trials enrolled subjects with VLUs ranging from 2 cm2 to 12 cm2 in area with 12-week treatment periods; the third trial enrolled subjects with VLUs between >12 cm2 and ≤36 cm2 with a 16-week treatment period...
November 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
Christian Bianchi, Shawn Cazzell, Dean Vayser, Alexander M Reyzelman, Hasan Dosluoglu, Gregory Tovmassian
A randomised, controlled, multicentre clinical trial was conducted to evaluate the efficacy of dehydrated human amnion/chorion membrane (EpiFix) allograft as an adjunct to multilayer compression therapy for the treatment of non-healing full-thickness venous leg ulcers. We randomly assigned 109 subjects to receive EpiFix and multilayer compression (n = 52) or dressings and multilayer compression therapy alone (n = 57). Patients were recruited from 15 centres around the USA and were followed up for 16 weeks...
October 11, 2017: International Wound Journal
J A Paredes, S Bhagwandin, Polanco T, J C Lantis
OBJECTIVE: As compression treatment offers moderate improvement, especially to recurrent venous leg ulcers (VLUs), several alternative therapies using cellular based and/or tissue-derived products (CTPs) have emerged from bovine, porcine, and equine sources. Our aim was to look at the effect of a CTP in 'real-life' VLUs. METHODS: This study looked at complex patients with chronic, large wounds in a single-centre retrospective review. All patients were treated with fetal bovine acellular dermal matrix (FBADM) for VLUs at our outpatient urban wound care programme...
October 1, 2017: Journal of Wound Care
Katrina Young, Harrison Ng Chok, Lesley Wilkes
BACKGROUND: Intermittent Pneumatic Compression (IPC) is shown to improve the healing rate of Venous Leg Ulcers (VLU) in the hospital setting. The current Australian "Gold Standard" treatment according to the Australian and New Zealand Wound Management Associations' (AWMA) Prevention & Management of Venous Leg Ulcer guidelines is compression, generally in the form of bandaging then progressing to hosiery once wounds are healed to prevent recurrence. This is recommended in conjunction with other standards of wound management including; nutrition, exercise, client education and addressing underlying pathophysiology and psychosocial factors...
2017: BMC Nursing
Daniel A Broszczak, Elizabeth R Sydes, Daniel Wallace, Tony J Parker
Chronic wounds, in particular venous leg ulcers (VLU), represent a substantial burden for economies, healthcare systems and societies worldwide. This burden is exacerbated by the recalcitrant nature of these wounds, despite best practice, evidence-based care, which substantially reduces the quality of life of patients. Furthermore, co-morbidities such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease within ageing populations further contribute to the increasing prevalence in developed countries. This review provides an overview of the literature concerning the cellular and molecular mechanisms of wound healing and aspects where this process fails, resulting in a chronic wound...
February 2017: Clinical Biochemist. Reviews
Omar Mutlak, Mohammed Aslam, Nigel J Standfield
INTRODUCTION: A venous leg ulcer (VLU) has a major impact on the quality of life and functional ability of individuals, but no single treatment is yet effective. This study investigates the changes induced by dorsiflexion exercise on skin perfusion in VLU patients to achieve a better understanding of venous ulcer pathophysiology. METHODS: Seventy-eight venous leg ulcer patients were randomised into four groups. The non-exercise groups included a control group (n = 18) and a compression therapy group (n = 20) and the exercise groups included an exercise-only group (n = 20) and a compression and exercise group (n = 20)...
July 1, 2017: Perfusion
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