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What does a sickle cell leg ulcer actually look like?

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Dr. Oliver Aalami
Vascular Surgery 24 years experience
Ankle ulcer: Sickle cell ulcers most often occur on the inside of the ankle, or just above the ankle. There are similarities in appearance to venous stasis ulcers and venous insufficiency was even suspected in sickle cell patients. Venous insufficiency was found not to be causing ulcers in sickle cell patients.
Dr. Lauren Romeo
Wound Care 20 years experience
Raised circular and : Sickle cell leg ulcers usually occur on the ankle and have a raised punched out look to them. They may be red but dry or with scant drainage. They tend to linger and are difficult to treat. They may be painful or they may be without sensation.

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A 52-year-old member asked:

Can having sickle cell cause you to have more leg ulcers?

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Dr. Oliver Aalami
Vascular Surgery 24 years experience
Yes: Sickle cell anemia patients can develop ankle ulcers that look like venous stasis ulcers.
Brooklyn, MD
A 34-year-old female asked:

How do I know if I have a leg ulcer and what do they look like?

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Dr. Benjamin Lerner
Vascular Surgery 20 years experience
See picture: An ulcer is a break in the skin -- this can occur on the calf (typically due to venous disease) or on the toes (typically due to arterial disease).

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