Hemoglobinopathies and Leg Ulcers

Afsaneh Alavi, Robert S. Kirsner

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Major hemoglobinopathies, including sickle cell anemia, are becoming a global health issue. Leg ulcers are the most common cutaneous manifestation of sickle cell disease and an important contributor to morbidity burden in this population. Leg ulcers following sickling disorders are extremely painful, and hard to heal. The clinical evidence for the optimal management of these ulcers is limited. Treating the cause and the strategies to prevent sickling are the mainstay of treatment. The basic principles of wound bed preparation and compression therapy is beneficial in these patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-216
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015


  • anemia
  • hemoglobinopathies
  • infection
  • leg ulcer
  • sickle cell ulcers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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