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 S Kirsner
Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 2016, 74 (4): 643-64; quiz 665-6
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.

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