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Chronic leg ulcers

Manuela Porso, Simona Loreti, Sveva Maria Nusca, Sara Luziatelli, Donatella Caccia, Giulia Taborri, Donatella Trischitta, Maurizio Taurino, Luca Padua, Vincenzo Maria Saraceni, Maria Chiara Vulpiani, Mario Vetrano
Chronic soft tissue wounds of the lower limbs are debilitating, painful and often unresponsive to advanced dressing treatments. Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) could represent an alternative treatment. Ten patients with chronic soft tissue wounds of the legs, unresponsive to advanced dressing treatments for more than 3 mo, underwent three defocused ESWT sessions at 72-h intervals. In every session, the sum of 300 standard pulses + 100 pulses per square centimeter was applied at 0.15 mJ/mm(2) and 4 Hz over the edge of the wound...
October 10, 2016: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
María-Luisa Martínez, Eduardo Escario, Enrique Poblet, David Sánchez, Fernando-Francisco Buchón, Ander Izeta, Francisco Jimenez
BACKGROUND: A prominent role of hair follicle-derived cells in epidermal wound closure is now well established but clinical translation of basic research findings is scarce. Although skin punch grafts have been used as a therapeutic intervention to improve healing of chronic leg ulcers, they are normally harvested from nonhairy areas, thus not taking advantage of the reported role of the hair follicle as a wound-healing promoter. OBJECTIVE: We sought to substantiate the role of hair follicles in venous leg ulcer healing by transplanting hair follicle-containing versus nonhairy punch grafts...
November 2016: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Kashif Rahim, Shamim Saleha, Xudong Zhu, Liang Huo, Abdul Basit, Octavio Luiz Franco
A wound is damage of a tissue usually caused by laceration of a membrane, generally the skin. Wound healing is accomplished in three stages in healthy individuals, including inflammatory, proliferative, and remodeling stages. Healing of wounds normally starts from the inflammatory phase and ends up in the remodeling phase, but chronic wounds remain in an inflammatory stage and do not show progression due to some specific reasons. Chronic wounds are classified in different categories, such as diabetic foot ulcer (DFU), venous leg ulcers (VLU) and pressure ulcer (PU), surgical site infection (SSI), abscess, or trauma ulcers...
October 14, 2016: Microbial Ecology
Janaka Weragoda, Manuj C Weerasinghe, Rohini Seneviratne, S M Wijeyaratne
BACKGROUND: Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is an emerging problem in Sri Lanka, particularly with the ageing population. A considerable number of patients are detected at a late stage with severe limb ischemia or chronic non-healing leg ulceration. Public awareness about PAD is important in developing preventive strategies. METHODS: A cross sectional study was conducted to assess awareness of PAD among adults aged 40-74 years in a district in Sri Lanka. In total, 2912 adults were selected for the study using a multistage probability proportionate to size sampling technique...
October 12, 2016: BMC Public Health
Mesut Mutluoglu, Gunalp Uzun, Michael Bennett, Peter Germonpré, David Smart, Daniel Mathieu
Diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) are one of the most common indications for hyperbaric oxygen treatment (HBOT). The role of HBOT in DFUs is often debated. Recent evidence based guidelines, while recommending its use, urge further studies to identify the patient subgroups most likely to benefit from HBOT. A recent study in Diabetes Care aimed to assess the efficacy of HBOT in reducing the need for major amputation and improving wound healing in patients with chronic DFUs. In this study, patients with Wagner grade 2-4 diabetic foot lesions were randomly assigned to have HBOT (30 sessions/90 min/244 kPa) or sham treatment (30 sessions/90 min/air/125 kPa)...
September 2016: Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine: the Journal of the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society
Kehua Zhou, Peng Jia
Depression slows wound healing in patients with chronic wounds. The prevalence of depressive symptoms differs in the literature and the current understandings of factors related to depression in patients with wounds have been limited. To investigate the prevalence of depressive symptoms and the associated factors in patients with wounds, we performed this retrospective study in which depressive symptoms were evaluated with the Patient Health Questionnaire 9-item (PHQ-9). Valid PHQ-9 scores were collected from 222 patients (112 males and 110 females; age: 64...
September 26, 2016: Wound Repair and Regeneration
Glenn J Rapsinski, Jina Makadia, Nitin Bhanot, Zaw Min
BACKGROUND: Gram-negative microorganisms are uncommon pathogens responsible for infective endocarditis. Pseudomonas mendocina, a Gram-negative water-borne and soil-borne bacterium, was first reported to cause human infection in 1992. Since then, it has rarely been reported as a human pathogen in the literature. We describe the first case of native valve infective endocarditis due to P. mendocina in the USA. CASE PRESENTATION: A 57-year-old white man presented with bilateral large leg ulcers, fever, and marked leukocytosis...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Medical Case Reports
Mehrab Dashtdar, Mohammad Reza Dashtdar, Babak Dashtdar, Gazala Afreen Khan, Karima Kardi
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to obtain a natural antibiotic from Phenol-rich compounds; for the dressing and the treatment of chronic wounds. METHODS: The Phenol-rich compound sweet gel was prepared by blending four natural herbal extracts, Acacia catechu (L.F.), Momia (Shilajit), Castanea sativa, and Ephedra sinica stapf, with combination of a sweet gel medium, including honey, maple saps, Phoenix dactylifera L. (date), pomegranate extract and Azadirachta indica gum as a stabilizer...
September 2016: Journal of Pharmacopuncture
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
A Shaharudin, Z Aziz
OBJECTIVE: Hyaluronic acid (HA) and its derivatives are used for chronic wounds, but evidence of their effectiveness remains unclear. The aim of this study was to provide more updated evidence for the effectiveness of HA (or its derivatives) compared with placebo or other agents for promoting healing in chronic wounds. METHOD: The Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, MEDLINE via Ovid Online, CINAHL and the EMBASE via EBSCO host databases were searched...
October 2, 2016: Journal of Wound Care
Hojjat Afradi, Yassaman Saghaei, Zohre A Kachoei, Vahid Babaei, Shahram Teimourian
OBJECTIVE: Thalassemia is a heterogeneous group of congenital hemoglobinopathies caused by mutations in the globin gene complex that result in an unbalanced globin synthesis. Unmatched globin chains bind to the cytosolic surface of red blood cell membrane where they cause oxidative damage that might in part be responsible for membrane weakness. The deformability of red blood cells and hypercoagulable state in thalassemic patients have been incriminated in leg ulcer formation, as this might cause ischemia to the skin and consequently friability and ulceration...
September 26, 2016: International Journal of Dermatology
Derek S Anselmo, Marc Karpo, Ebony Love, Tracey Vlahovic
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: The benefits of using amniotic tissue in skin regeneration are well documented. Today, cryopreservation technology allows for better availability and maintenance of mesenchymal stem cells. This is of particular interest in treating the diabetic foot ulcer as this population has fewer mesenchymal stem cells. The objective of this case series investigation was to compare the efficacy of cryopreserved human amniotic stem cells in treating foot wounds of different etiologies...
September 2016: Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association
Paulina Andrejuk, Justyna Błach, Ewa Dudek, Adam Nogalski
UNLABELLED: Lower leg ulcers are characterized by a chronic and recurrent course, being considered as a difficult therapeutic problem. Based on epidemiological data chronic ulcers concern 0.2 to 2% of the Western European population. The above-mentioned problem affects women more often than men, and increases with age. Treatment and recurrence prevention methods remain under discussion and research. The aim of the study was to evaluate the early surgical treatment results of venous leg ulcers at the Department of Traumatology and Emergency Medicine, Medical University of Lublin...
September 1, 2016: Polski Przeglad Chirurgiczny
Yi Feng, Andrew J Sanders, Fiona Ruge, Ceri-Ann Morris, Keith G Harding, Wen G Jiang
Cytokines play important roles in the wound healing process through various signalling pathways. The JAK-STAT pathway is utilised by most cytokines for signal transduction and is regulated by a variety of molecules, including suppressor of cytokine signalling (SOCS) proteins. SOCS are associated with inflammatory diseases and have an impact on cytokines, growth factors and key cell types involved in the wound‑healing process. SOCS, a negative regulator of cytokine signalling, may hold the potential to regulate cytokine‑induced signalling in the chronic wound‑healing process...
September 13, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Thomas Serena, Heather Connell, Sharon McConnell, Keyur Patel, Bryan Doner, Matthew Sabo, Michael Miller, Laura Serena, Lam T Le, David Goldsmith, Jane Chung
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this retrospective registry data analysis was to explore the effectiveness of a novel multivalent topical ointment (Terrasil Infection Control Wound Care Ointment; Aspiera Medical, Woonsocket, Rhode Island), containing a patented mineral complex and 0.2% benzethonium chloride in the treatment of nonhealing acute and chronic wounds. DESIGN: Aspiera Medical designed a registry to capture physician experiences and treatment results with Terrasil Infection Control Wound Care Ointment...
October 2016: Advances in Skin & Wound Care
I Lazareth
Leg ulcers are a chronic condition. Healing can be long for venous ulcers and the risk of complications is significant. Infection is the most severe complication and can occur in the form of easily diagnosed acute bacterial dermohypodermitis that generally responds well to antibiotic treatment if given at an appropriate dose or in the form of localized infection that is more difficult to diagnosis. Indeed, no consensus has been reached in the literature on the clinical criteria to retain for the diagnosis of localized infection...
September 2016: Journal des Maladies Vasculaires
Michael Saco, Nicole Howe, Rajiv Nathoo, Basil Cherpelis
Diabetic foot ulcers and venous leg ulcers are chronic wounds frequently encountered by dermatologists. Choosing appropriate wound dressings can effectively promote wound healing and potentially reduce morbidity and financial burden experienced by patients. The objective of our systematic review and meta-analysis was to evaluate wound healing efficacies of synthetic active dressings in diabetic foot ulcer and venous leg ulcer management. For data collection, PubMed, Embase, Cochrane Library, CINAHL, and clinicaltrials...
August 15, 2016: Dermatology Online Journal
Chongcong Wu, Sravya Nakka, Sepahdar Mansouri, Torbjörn Bengtsson, Tayeb Nayeri, Fariba Nayeri
BACKGROUND: There is a rapid emergence of multiple resistant gram-negative bacteria due to overuse of antibiotics in the treatment of infections. Biofilms consist of polymicrobial communities that survive the host's defense system. The key bacteria in biofilms are slow growing and support an attachment and rapid growth of other microorganisms. Current antimicrobial strategies often fail due to poor diagnosis of key pathogens in biofilms. The study aims to develop anti-bacterial human antibodies in vitro from patients who had recently undergone a systemic infection by pathogenic bacteria and to use these antibodies as a tool for detecting bacteria in biofilms...
2016: BMC Microbiology
A Massimiliano D'Erme, M Iannone, V Dini, M Romanelli
OBJECTIVE: Contact allergies can occur frequently in patients with chronic leg ulcers (CLUs), even in those with a short duration of ulcerative disease. The wide spectrum of therapeutic products promotes development of the delayed type of hypersensitivity and continuous changes in the allergens pattern, which make the diagnosis and treatment extremely difficult in many cases. A prompt diagnosis and treatment of allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) in patients suffering from CLUs is very important for a best clinical outcome of these two common diseases...
September 2016: Journal of Wound Care
José Válber L Meneses, Vitor Fortuna, Eliane Silva de Souza, Gildasio Cerqueira Daltro, Roberto Meyer, Caterina P Minniti, Radovan Borojevic
Recurrent chronic leg ulcers are among the most severe vasculopathic complications of sickle cell disease (SCD). Their treatment remains a challenge. Stem cell therapy with bone marrow mononuclear cells (BMMC) is a promising new therapeutic option for other forms of chronic ulcers. This prospective pilot study was performed to evaluate safety and feasibility of BMMC implantation in patients with SCD and chronic leg ulcers (SCLU). Ulcer closure, recurrence and local pain were evaluated. BMMC were successfully administered to 23 SCLU patients and no serious adverse events occurred...
September 8, 2016: British Journal of Haematology
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