What's new: Management of venous leg ulcers Treating venous leg ulcers

Afsaneh Alavi, R. Gary Sibbald, Tania J. Phillips, O. Fred Miller, David J. Margolis, William Marston, Kevin Woo, Marco Romanelli, Robert Kirsner

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Abstract

Venous leg ulcers account for approximately 70% of all leg ulcers and affect 2.2 million Americans annually. After a comprehensive patient and wound assessment, compression therapy remains the cornerstone of standard care. Adjuvant care with topical or systemic agents is used for wounds that do not heal within 4 weeks. Once healed, long-term compression therapy with stockings or surgical intervention will reduce the incidence of recurrence. This continuing medical education article aims to outline optimal management for patients with venous leg ulcers, highlighting the role of a multidisciplinary team in delivering high quality care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)643-664
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Volume74
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016

Keywords

  • management
  • medical therapy
  • surgical intervention
  • varicose veins
  • venous leg ulcers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

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    Alavi, A., Sibbald, R. G., Phillips, T. J., Miller, O. F., Margolis, D. J., Marston, W., Woo, K., Romanelli, M., & Kirsner, R. (2016). What's new: Management of venous leg ulcers Treating venous leg ulcers. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 74(4), 643-664. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaad.2015.03.059