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Are venous stasis and stasis dermatitis the same thing?

Are venous stasis and stasis dermatitis the same thing?

Venous insufficiency: Actually venous stasis and stasis dermatitis are misnomers. Venous stasis means that venous blood isn't moving and we now know that really doesn't happen. As dr. Bolhack said, the cause of the problem is venous hypertension which occurs because of venous insufficiency or reflux (blood flowing backwards), not stasis. Chronic venous insufficiency causes inflammation which causes dermatitis. ...Read more

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Ulceration (Definition)

Exact synonym so far as this pathologist is concerned. An ulcer is a lesion on a body surface (outer or inner) in which the epithelium and at least some of the underlying connective tissue has been lost specifically to necrosis (cell death) rather than just mechanical or chemical injury. All ulcer craters ...Read more


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Can stress cause venous stasis ulcers to worsen?

Can stress cause venous stasis ulcers to worsen?

Stress Veins: Not specifically. Stress is never a helpful thing--we do not recommend stress to help cure our patients no matter what the disease may be. Venous stasis ulcers will worsen if the underlying pathology, increased pressure of the veins, is not addressed nor treated appropriately. Other causes of worsening ulcers can include an infectious etiology also. ...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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Could skin tears turn into venous stasis ulcer?

Could skin tears turn into venous stasis ulcer?

Yes: Venous stasis is caused by valve problems that allow blood from deep high-pressure veins to enter low-pressure veins just under the skin. These veins enlarge, letting fluid through the walls (swelling), letting blood through (discoloration) and finally having so much back pressure that nutritious arterial blood cannot enter an area of the skin resulting in ulcers or inability to heal minor wounds. ...Read more

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Could silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) be used for stasis ulcers?

Could silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) be used for stasis ulcers?

Yes: silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) is used in many types of skin ulcers and burns the silver has an antibiotic effect and can help wounds heal faster stasis ulcers are best treated with pressure dressings if the arterial circulation is not compromised. ...Read more

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Are foot ulcers from poor circulation?

Are foot ulcers from poor circulation?

Sometimes: Poor circulation or clots can certainly cause an ulcer. However people with neuropathy, who have little or no sensation on the feet are also very prone to ulcers: especially is any part of the foot is under a learge amount of pressure. Trauma and infection as well as pressure sores can also cause ulcers. ...Read more

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Can atopic dermatitis lead on to more severe conditions such as exfoliating dermatitis?

Can atopic dermatitis lead on to more severe conditions such as exfoliating dermatitis?

Rarely: While some atopic patients can become so severe that their condition progresses to an exfoliative dermatitis this is very rare. We also call exfoliative dermatitis "erythroderma" depending on the clinical appearance. If you have this then you need a dermatologist. This can be a very challenging thing to treat. ...Read more

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Help plz! Can skin tears turn into venous stasis ulcer?

Help plz! Can skin tears turn into venous stasis ulcer?

No: Skin tears alone don't cause venous stasis ulcers. Wounds can heal poorly with several medical conditions, including severe varicose vein disease and severe venous insufficiency -in which case they may need to be treated like a venous ulcer. A venous stasis ulcer can occur without prior skin injury and can take months to years to heal. Treatment of varicose veins before an ulcer occurs is best.. ...Read more

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Is eczema different than stasis dermatitis?

Is eczema different than stasis dermatitis?

Yes: Stasis dermatitis is a lower leg condition in which the legs develop a rash because blood pools there due to circulatory issues, usually veins that don't work. Stasis is a greek word meaning to stand still. Eczema is a greek word meaning to boil over, and it is usually used synonymously with atopic dermatitis, an itchy, rashy allergic skin disease around elbows, knees, hands, face; or all over body. ...Read more

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Stasis dermatitis--what is that?

Stasis dermatitis--what is that?

End stage change: Stasis dermatitis is one of the complications, or end stage changes of varicose venous disease and/or chronic venous insufficiency. It represents a brownish, brawny discoloration, and usual thickening, of the skin in the distal calf, in the gaiter distribution (the area just above the medial or lateral ankle). Untreated it can progress to venous stasis ulceration, which can be very hard to treat. ...Read more

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Does dermawound work on ulcers caused by diabetes?

Does dermawound work on ulcers caused by diabetes?

Hard to say: It's hard to say - show the wound to your doctor and see if it's a good choice. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the difference between chronic venous stasis and chronic arterial insufficiency?

What is the difference between chronic venous stasis and chronic arterial insufficiency?

Significant: Chronic venous stasis (cvi) is a result of long standing venous insufficiency due to malfunctioning of the valves of either the superficial, deep or both systems of veins. Chronic arterial insufficiency is due to long standing decrease arterial blood flow into either the legs or arms. Venous problems cause leg swelling and discoloration while arterial problems cause pain and even gangrene. ...Read more

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Can a stasis ulcer recur after treatment?

Yes: Yes. If the underlying venous insufficiency was not addressed then a recurrence will occur. Another reason is non-compliance with the use of compression socks/wraps. ...Read more

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How are ulcesr caused by serial Asprin and ulcers from Crohn's distinguished?

How are ulcesr caused by serial Asprin and ulcers from Crohn's distinguished?

Biopsy: there's not much lymphocytes in aspirin induced. BUT, aspirin induced would be all upper GI (stomach, maybe duodenum and/or esophagus). Crohns would be really unlikley to be ONLY there (which is not the most common place for it anyway). ...Read more

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Are there treatments for skin ulcers caused by varicose veins?

Are there treatments for skin ulcers caused by varicose veins?

Yes: Skin ulcerations due to vein disease are known as venous stasis ulcerations. Venous pressure due to venous reflux causes fluid leak from distended veins. This stagnation of fluid results in swelling, discoration of the skin, hemosiderin deposits, inflammation.....Skin ulcers. Vein ablation or closure along with compression are the main stay of therapy. See surgeon, american college of phlebology. ...Read more

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Does radiotherapy cause skin ulcerations and blistering?

Does radiotherapy cause skin ulcerations and blistering?

It can: Radiotherapy can cause skin redness, hair loss, and in some situations ulcerations and blistering. These skin changes only occur in the region of the body being treated, and they typically progress during the course of radiotherapy and gradually improve in the weeks after treatment. Depending on the location and type of treatment, these side effects may be unlikely or expected. ...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


Dr. John Chiu
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Rash (Definition)

A skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more