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Can a leg ulcer cause diabetic retinopathy?

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Dr. Edward Meier
Ophthalmology 23 years experience
No: A leg ulcer will not cause diabetic retinopathy. The two are related though. A person's whose diabetic disease has progressed to the point of having a leg ulcer will also often have diabetic retinopathy. Both happen with poorly controlled diabetes.
Dr. William Goldstein
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
No: Both are from advancing diabetic disease, both are signs of diabetes, but the are not related. In other words, you can have both problems, just because you have diabetes. But one does not cause the other. Diabetes is a disease that causes both, as well as many other problems. Make sure you and your doctor are controlling your sugars as tightly as possible!
Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care 35 years experience
Ulcer and retinopath: The processes that cause both of these conditions are related but there is no cause and effect between the two. Many patients with diabetes can have both conditions but it is due to the underlying complications of the diabetes mellitus inself.

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How should you dress a diabetic leg ulcer?

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Diabetic ulcer: What you dress a wound with has to do with the location of the wound, the amount of fluid coming off of a wound, where in the timeline of the healing, cost of the products (there are always choices), ease of placing those products, availability of home health, etc...

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