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Can you explain the difference between venous and arterial leg ulcers?

Can you explain the difference between venous and arterial leg ulcers?

Arteries vs. Veins: Venous ulcers are usually due to venous hypertension (unusually high pressures in the veins for a long period of time). They occur most commonly on the inside of the ankles. Arterial ulcers occur due to poor circulation or blockage in the arteries. These most commonly occur in the toes or the heels. Among other things, diabetes affects the circulation in the toes and feet. ...Read more

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Dr. Payam Mehranpour
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Artery (Definition)

Arteries are a type of blood vessels. We can divide blood vessels into 2 categories. Arteries are high pressure vessels which deliver (red) oxygen + blood out into the body. Veins on the other hand or low pressure vessels which return (dark) oxygent - blood from the body ...Read more


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What is the difference between venous and arterial leg ulcers; and how do they look?

What is the difference between venous and arterial leg ulcers; and how do they look?

Clearly different : Arterial ulcerations appear necrotic. No evidence of pink healing tissue at the base and the wound edges are grey or black. Venous ulcers usually have clean pink bases with pearly borders. ...Read more

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How are venous and arterial leg ulcers different?

How are venous and arterial leg ulcers different?

Different cause: Arterial ulcers are caused by lack of blood supply to the area, seen in diabetics with small vessel disease, venous ulcers are due to pooling and stagnation of blood as seen as in with long standing varicose veins.Varicose veins ...Read more

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How are venous and arterial leg ulcers distinguished from each other?

How are venous and arterial leg ulcers distinguished from each other?

Venous ulcers: Venous ulcers occur in the face of longstanding venous disease either reflux or obstruction. This leads to skin discoloration and thickening where an ulcer may occur. Aretrial ulcers relate to impaired blood flow to the foot such that healing is impaired. It is possible to venous ulcers in the face of impaired arterial flow. ...Read more

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What are alternative treatments for venous leg ulcers ?

What are alternative treatments for venous leg ulcers ?

See vein specialist: Leg ulcers are often caused by chronic venous insufficiency which is a problem that causes to much pressure to be in the veins near the skin. A venous specialist can diagnose and treat this condition. Our cure rate with venous ulcers is 97%. ...Read more

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When younger people get venous leg ulcers they are caused by deep vein thrombosis? True?

When younger people get venous leg ulcers they are caused by deep vein thrombosis? True?

False: Not typically but they may be preceded by venous stasis dermatitis with darkish purple appearance of the skin typically located on the inner ankle skin area. ...Read more

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Why do diabetics get leg ulcers?

Why do diabetics get leg ulcers?

Diabetic leg ulcers: Diabetics get ulcer due to multiple causes including healing problems, nerve issues, circulation problems with the large and small arteries and pressure issues. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for leg ulcers?

What is the treatment for leg ulcers?

Leg ulcers: Great qustion, but too general to answer. It depends on what type of ulcer you are dealing with: pressure ulcers require that pressure is redistributed; vein ulcers require compression; and arterial ulcers require that you try to fix the arteries. For the wound itself, we strive for moist healing but removing the devitalized tissue by mechanical or chemical means. ...Read more

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What is a good treatment for leg ulcers?

What is a good treatment for leg ulcers?

Leg ulcers: Great qustion, but too general to answer. It depends on what type of ulcer you are dealing with: pressure ulcers require that pressure is redistributed; vein ulcers require compression; and arterial ulcers require that you try to fix the arteries. For the wound itself, we strive for moist healing but removing the devitalized tissue by mechanical or chemical means. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Ulcer (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a body membrane that impedes the normal functioning of the organ of which that membrane is a part. Ulcers are further classified by their location. Ulcers are usually caused by infections, excessive acid production, stress, ...Read more


Ulceration (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a bodily membrane that impedes the organ of which that membrane is a part from continuing its normal functions. Ulcers are further classified by their location, for example; ...Read more