Varicose Ulcer

Publication Title: 
Phlebology / Venous Forum of the Royal Society of Medicine

The fibrous process of chronic ulcerated lesions of lower limbs can impair the mobility of the affected limb. The aim of this work was to assess the benefits of lymph drainage in patients who suffer from this disease. Twenty female and five male patients with ages ranging from 53 to 69 years (mean age 60.6 years) were evaluated. All had a history of at least 10 years of varicose veins and/or ulcerated lesions of the lower limbs with initial dermatofibrosis, with the positive Godet sign during the physical examination of the limb.

Author(s): 
Pereira de Godoy, J. M.
Braile, D. M.
de Fátima Guerreiro Godoy, M.
Publication Title: 
Ostomy/Wound Management

Pulsed radio frequency energy (PRFE) has been shown to stimulate cultured epidermal cells in vitro, inciting a cascade of cytokines, cyclins, growth factors, and other gene products associated with wound healing. A retrospective, descriptive study was conducted to evaluate the effect of PRFE on healing lower extremity wounds.

Author(s): 
Frykberg, Robert G.
Driver, Vickie R.
Lavery, Lawrence A.
Armstrong, David G.
Isenberg, Richard A.
Publication Title: 
Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society

Acupuncture was used to treat a 69-year-old man for bilateral ankle pain related to his rheumatoid arthritis. This led to a dramatic improvement in one of his chronic venous leg ulcers. There is very little recent literature on such cases, where acupuncture may be a useful additional treatment.

Author(s): 
Mears, Tim
Publication Title: 
BMC complementary and alternative medicine

BACKGROUND: Venous leg ulcers constitute a chronic recurring complaint that affects 1.0-1.3% of the adult population at some time in life, and which corresponds to approximately 75% of all chronic ulcers of the leg. Multilayer compression bandaging is, at present, the only treatment that has been proved to be effective in treating this type of ulcer.

Author(s): 
Vas, Jorge
Modesto, Manuela
Méndez, Camila
Perea-Milla, Emilio
Aguilar, Inmaculada
Carrasco-Lozano, Jesus Manuel
Faus, Vicente
Martos, Francisco
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