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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045487/the-psychosocial-impact-of-leg-ulcers-in-patients-with-sickle-cell-disease-i-don-t-want-them-to-know-my-little-secret
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Nkeiruka I Umeh, Brittany Ajegba, Ashley J Buscetta, Khadijah E Abdallah, Caterina P Minniti, Vence L Bonham
BACKGROUND: Sickle cell disease (SCD) impacts millions of individuals worldwide and more than 100,000 people in the United States. Leg ulcers are the most common cutaneous manifestation of SCD. The health status of individuals living with chronic leg ulcers is not only influenced by clinical manifestations such as pain duration and intensity, but also by psychosocial factors. Garnering insights into the psychosocial impact can provide a more holistic view of their influence on quality of life...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29037357/topical-timolol-promotes-healing-of-chronic-leg-ulcer
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Bindhiya Thomas, John Sajan Kurien, Toney Jose, Sansho Elavumkal Ulahannan, Sandeep Abraham Varghese
BACKGROUND: Chronic ulcers are a common problem, with chronic diabetic and venous ulcers forming a large proportion. This is the first case-control study to assess the effect of topical timolol on healing of chronic venous and chronic diabetic ulcers. METHODS: The study included 60 patients with chronic leg ulcers. The ulcers in the study group (n = 30) were treated with topical 0.5% timolol maleate solution along with antibiotics and dressings; those in the control group (n = 30) received only antibiotics and dressings...
November 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28976834/managing-real-world-venous-leg-ulcers-with-fetal-bovine-acellular-dermal-matrix-a-single-centre-retrospective-study
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28976341/preliminary-results-of-a-topically-applied-bacteria-specific-antibiotic-gel-to-improve-wound-healing
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Caitlin S Zarick, Elizabeth A Benkert, Noah G Oliver, John S Steinberg, Karen K Evans, Christopher E Attinger, Zinnia M Rocha, Paul J Kim
INTRODUCTION: Advances in molecular diagnostic medicine have allowed for more rapid, accurate, and comprehensive methods for identifying microorganisms in a chronic wound, which led to the de- velopment and use of a tailored topical antibiotic gel aimed at treating this bioburden. OBJECTIVE: This is a retrospective chart review evalu- ating the authors' early experience with the use of bacteria-speci c antimicrobial gel therapy on chronic lower extremity wounds that have not responded to standard therapy...
September 26, 2017: Wounds: a Compendium of Clinical Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28972488/analysis-of-tissue-oxygenation-in-chronic-leg-ulcers-by-combination-of-a-multi-spectral-camera-and-a-hyper-spectral-probe
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P Zimmermann, A Scheibe, J Marotz, U Wollina
Objective evaluation of chronic wounds, such as leg ulcers, by the use of non-invasive techniques is of importance for diagnosis, monitoring treatment response, and probably leads to improved treatment strategies. We performed a feasibility study for the combined use of a multi-spectral camera and a hyper-spectral probe to evaluate chronic leg ulcers with a focus on tissue oxygenation. Sixty patients - 40 females and 20 males were enrolled in the study. The age range was 46 to 85 years for males (mean 65.8 years, median 73...
September 2017: Georgian Medical News
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28964388/-health-related-quality-of-life-in-chronic-venous-disease-systematic-literature-review
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N Zenati, J L Bosson, S Blaise, P Carpentier
OBJECTIVE: Excepting life-threatening situations, improvement of health-related quality-of-life is the main therapeutic goal in chronic disease. The purpose of this review was to study the different ways of assessing Quality-of-Life (QoL) in patients with chronic venous disease (CVD) (CEAP classes C3 to C6). METHODS: A literature search was conducted with three databases: MEDLINE, WEB OF SCIENCE and COCHRANE LIBRARY in order to identify articles with the PRISMA reporting guidelines...
October 2017: J Med Vasc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28960514/a-systematic-review-of-qualitative-research-into-people-s-experiences-of-living-with-venous-leg-ulcers
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P Phillips, E Lumley, R Duncan, A Aber, H B Woods, G L Jones, J A Michaels
AIM: To systematically identify, evaluate and synthesise qualitative research that examined the symptoms and health related quality of life themes that are important from the perspective of patients with venous leg ulceration. BACKGROUND: Venous leg ulceration is a common chronic condition; the symptoms and associated treatments have a negative effect on health-related quality of life. Qualitative research methods can provide insight into the personal experiences of patients with venous leg ulceration...
September 27, 2017: Journal of Advanced Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28959073/subcutaneous-basidiobolomycosis-a-case-report
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Adziri Sackey, Nenyin Ghartey, Richard Gyasi
Basidiobolomycosis is an uncommon chronic deep fungal infection in which gradually enlarging granulomas form, usually in the subcutaneous fat tissues of the limbs, chest or trunk of immunocompetent hosts, primarily children and young adults. It is caused by the fungus Basidiobolus ranarum. Definitive diagnosis is by microscopy and histopathology. Effective treatments include ketoconazole, itraconazole, potassium iodide and co-trimoxazole. A 3 year old girl presented with ulcerations on the right thigh for one month, and painful swelling of the right leg and right buttock for six months...
March 2017: Ghana Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28958579/-needs-assessment-to-improve-the-applicability-and-methodological-quality-of-a-german-s3-guideline
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Marion Burckhardt, Cristina Hoffmann, Brigitte Nink-Grebe, Sylvia Sänger
BACKGROUND: Clinical practice guidelines can change the practice in healthcare only if their recommendations are implemented in a comprehensive way. The German S3 guideline "Local Therapy of Chronic Wounds in Patients with Peripheral Vascular Disease, Chronic Venous Insufficiency, and Diabetes" will be updated in 2017. The emphasis here is on the guideline's validity, user-friendliness and implementation into practice. Therefore, the aim was to identify the improvements required in regard to the guideline's methods and content presentation...
September 25, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualität Im Gesundheitswesen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28943804/treatment-in-the-home-setting-with-intermittent-pneumatic-compression-for-a-woman-with-chronic-leg-ulcers-a-case-report
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931509/development-and-validation-of-qmortality-risk-prediction-algorithm-to-estimate-short-term-risk-of-death-and-assess-frailty-cohort-study
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Julia Hippisley-Cox, Carol Coupland
Objectives To derive and validate a risk prediction equation to estimate the short term risk of death, and to develop a classification method for frailty based on risk of death and risk of unplanned hospital admission.Design Prospective open cohort study.Participants Routinely collected data from 1436 general practices contributing data to QResearch in England between 2012 and 2016. 1079 practices were used to develop the scores and a separate set of 357 practices to validate the scores. 1.47 million patients aged 65-100 years were in the derivation cohort and 0...
September 20, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922511/reliability-and-measurement-error-of-digital-planimetry-for-the-measurement-of-chronic-venous-leg-ulcers
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Michael Stacey, Steven Phillips, Forough Farrokhyar, Jillian M Swaine
Area measurements of a chronic wound are the gold standard outcome measure to determine if a wound is on a healing or non-healing trajectory. The use of digital planimetry can provide increased accuracy in measuring wound area however it is important to know the reliability and measurement error of these devices when used by multiple assessors. The aim of this study is to determine the within rater, between rater, and standard error of measurement of a digital planimetry device. Wound area in 42 patients was measured weekly for 12 weeks by two different raters, with each rater measuring the wound 10 times per visit...
September 18, 2017: Wound Repair and Regeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919009/distinct-patterns-of-response-to-transfusion-therapy-for-different-chronic-complications-of-sickle-cell-disease-a-useful-insight
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Dimitris A Tsitsikas, Funmilayo Orebayo, Alexandra Agapidou, Roger J Amos
Two main sub-phenotypes have been described in sickle cell disease: one with higher baseline haemoglobin and a higher rate of painful crises and one with lower baseline haemoglobin, increased markers of haemolysis and a higher incidence of pulmonary hypertension, priapism and leg ulcers. We compared the patterns of response to regular automated red cell exchange transfusion over a five-year period of 21 patients with recurrent painful crises from the first group and 3 patients with pulmonary hypertension and 5 with recurrent severe stuttering priapism form the second and found them to be distinctly different...
August 18, 2017: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917483/recalcitrant-chronic-leg-ulcer-an-indication-for-patch-testing-for-hydrocolloid-dressing
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Che-Yuan Hsu, Woan-Ruoh Lee, Yi-Hsien Shih
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October 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914682/refractory-ulcerated-necrobiosis-lipoidica-closure-of-a-difficult-wound-with-topical-tacrolimus
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Luke Ginocchio, Lisa Draghi, Farbod Darvishian, Frank L Ross
OBJECTIVE: To report a case of refractory ulcerated necrobiosis lipoidica (NL) with significant response to treatment with topical tacrolimus. SUBJECT: A 55-year-old woman without diabetes and with a previous history of NL presented to the Helen L. and Martin S. Kimmel Hyperbaric and Advanced Wound Healing Center of NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, with bilateral lower-leg ulcerations resistant to wound healing techniques at other institutions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Repeat biopsy performed at the author's institution confirmed the diagnosis of NL...
October 2017: Advances in Skin & Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28880752/evaluation-of-osteopontin-expression-in-chronic-wounds-a-potential-prognostic-and-therapeutic-biomarker
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S Chimento, V Billero, L Cavallin, M Romanelli, M Nadji, P Romanelli
OBJECTIVE: Osteopontin (OPN) is abundantly expressed during tissue repair, acting as a powerful chemokine that recruits inflammatory cells such as neutrophils, macrophages, and Langerhans cells. The role of OPN in chronic wounds has not been explored. In this study, we assess the expression levels of OPN in chronic wounds to assess its potential contribution to the exacerbated inflammation seen in chronic ulcers, which is thought to contribute to poor healing. METHODS: This retrospective study included archived biopsies of chronic wounds from several aetiologies...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875518/quality-of-life-evaluation-in-chronic-wounds-comparative-analysis-of-three-disease-specific-questionnaires
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Matthias Augustin, Katrin Baade, Kristina Heyer, Patricia E Price, Katharina Herberger, Thomas Wild, Michael Engelhardt, Eike S Debus
The study directly compared the feasibility and performance of three instruments measuring health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in chronic ulcers: the Freiburg Life Quality Assessment for wounds (FLQA-w), the Cardiff Wound Impact Schedule (CWIS) and the Würzburg Wound Score (WWS). The questionnaires were evaluated in a randomly assigned order in a longitudinal observational study of leg ulcer patients. Psychometric properties (internal consistency, responsiveness and construct validity) were analysed. Patient acceptance was recorded...
September 6, 2017: International Wound Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28873064/a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-exercise-intervention-for-the-treatment-of-calf-muscle-pump-impairment-in-individuals-with-chronic-venous-insufficiency
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Lyndsay Orr, Kathleen A Klement, Laura McCrossin, Deirdre O'Sullivan Drombolis, Pamela E Houghton, Sandi Spaulding, Shauna Burke
Exercise intervention for individuals with chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) and venous leg ulcers (VLUs) is recommended to improve function of the calf muscle pump (CMP). A systematic review with meta-analysis was conducted to measure the effects of exercise (including function of the CMP, ankle strength, range of motion [ROM], and healing rates) for VLUs. Four (4) databases (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Applied Health Literature, 1981; MEDLINE, 1964; Scopus, 1966; and EMBASE, 1947) were searched for relevant articles from the date of index inception to January 2016...
August 2017: Ostomy/wound Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28862980/management-of-chronic-wounds-diagnosis-preparation-treatment-and-follow-up
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Subhas Gupta, Charles Andersen, Joyce Black, Jean de Leon, Caroline Fife, John C Lantis Ii, Jeffrey Niezgoda, Robert Snyder, Bauer Sumpio, William Tettelbach, Terry Treadwell, Dot Weir, Ronald P Silverman
Management of chronic wounds remains challenging in terms of prevalence and complexity. Considerable progress has been made in understanding the science of wound healing during the past decade, sparking volumes of publications and the development of hundreds of dressing and therapy options. There is a need for a simpli ed overview of evidence-based criteria to assist in the accurate diagnosis and appropriate management of chronic wounds in all care settings. An expert panel of 11 wound healing specialists experienced in various care settings convened to discuss best practices and recommended guidelines for managing major chronic wound types...
September 2017: Wounds: a Compendium of Clinical Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28862892/chronic-leg-ulcers-disrupt-patients-lives-a-study-of-leg-ulcer-related-life-changes-and-quality-of-life
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Nélia Cunha, Sara Campos, Joana Cabete
Chronic leg ulcers have a profound impact on patients' physical, functional, and psychological status, which may result in several life changes and a significant decline in quality of life (QoL). We aimed to study what changed in patients' lives after developing a chronic leg ulcer, including QoL, patients' comprehension of the disease and related feelings. A cross-sectional study, using an anonymous questionnaire and the Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI) was performed. Chronic leg ulcers were life changing events, causing abandonment of work in almost 80% of the patients and important limitations in daily activities and autonomy...
September 1, 2017: British Journal of Community Nursing
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