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What are differences between arterial and venous ulcers?

Physical exam.: There are many differences between arterial and venous foot ulcers but there is also overlap. The standard answer is that an arterial ulcer usually occurs on the toes which would be the areas most distal to the heart and, thus, receiving the least arterial blood while medial/lateral ankle ulcers are usually venous. Physical exam should be the keyv to distinguish the underlying cause of the ulcer. ...Read more

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Dr. Suzanne Galli
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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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Is there a way to relieve pain from venous ulcers?

Is there a way to relieve pain from venous ulcers?

Pain with veins: There are many types of pain syndromes related to venous disease that require different approaches. You should see a clinician to review the findings and make suggestions: for example, the pain from leg swelling requires a different approach than the pain from an ulceration. ...Read more

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Can a person lose his leg if he has a venous ulcer and it gets infected?

Unlikely: It is very unlikely to lose a leg from a venous ulcer. They are very painful and cause significant discoloration of the ankles. You are far more likely to require an amputation from an arterial ulcer. The best way to treat an infected venous ulcer is with antibiotics and compression dressings. ...Read more

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Can any doc tell me what's the best dressing choice for a high exuding venous ulcer?

Can any doc tell me what's the best dressing choice for a high exuding venous ulcer?

See a vein specialis: Leg ulcers are 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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What might I do to heal a venous ulcer?

What might I do to heal a venous ulcer?

Compression: The keys to healing a venous ulcer is compression to counter the venous hypertension . Also the treatment of the underlying cause of the venous hypertension help prevent the ulcer from recurring and help the ulcer heal faster. Please see and experience vein specialist. ...Read more

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Are black edges on venous ulcer serious?

Are black edges on venous ulcer serious?

Black ulcer: The black area is dead skin. This is not particularly common in a venous stasis ulcer, especially if it has clean. Other things to consider are diabetes, arterial inflow disease, autoimmune disorders, and calciphylaxis in a dialysis patient. ...Read more

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How can I treat a high exuding venous ulcer?

How can I treat a high exuding venous ulcer?

See a vein specialis: Leg ulcers are 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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Are venous ulcers always preceded by a blood clot?

No: venous ulcers typically happen when the skin breaks down often from swelling or pressure from an underlying vein ...Read more

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Could I have papers about the role of laser in treatment of venous ulcer?

Could I have papers about the role of laser in treatment of venous ulcer?

Aggressive treatment: Venous ulcers can be healed but they require many combined modalities of treatment. The most important factor is to treat the cause of the problem which is the high venous pressure due to mafunctioning valves. This can be done with laser ablation. Next the wound must be cleaned, compression bandages are necessary and, most importantly, see a vein specialist.You can get more info at phlebology.Org. ...Read more

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