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What does a sickle cell leg ulcer actually look like?

What does a sickle cell leg ulcer actually look like?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ball
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Sickle Cell Disease (Definition)

This is a genetic disorder in which hemoglobin is abnormally made., more common in people of african descent. This abnormality causes red blood cells to become stiff and fall apart. This can cause very specific symptoms: pain, pneumonias, strokes, spleen problems, and many other problems. Some have mild disease, some ...Read more


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Why do people with sickle cell anemia suffer from leg ulcers?

Why do people with sickle cell anemia suffer from leg ulcers?

Blood flow and oxyge: Sickle cells both slow blood flow and decrease oxygen carrying capacity of blood leading to ulcers. Try nitro paste near not on ulcer. ...Read more

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Why do people with sickle cell anemia suffer from some leg ulcers?

Complicated: Probably the best explanation is that they develop a shunting of blood from the veins to the arteries this bypasses some areas and causes them to be deprived of nutrients this causes the tissue to die producing an ulcer. ...Read more

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

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

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). ...Read more

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What can be done for a leg ulcer that doesn't seem to stop weeping?

What can be done for a leg ulcer that doesn't seem to stop weeping?

Ulcer: A persistently draining ulcer in the leg requires attention by a specialist in wounds. You should see someone so that the situation can be assessed. There are many types of ulcers; each type of ulcer requires a different approach to healing. ...Read more

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What are good treatment options for a gross leg ulcer?

What are good treatment options for a gross leg ulcer?

Various treatments: There are different types and causes of leg ulcers. It is best to se your doctor to discuss what is best for your particular problem. You need to be proactive and get aggressive with treatment. Dr l. ...Read more

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What can I do to dress a leg ulcer in a diabetic patient?

Cause?: Many ulcers are caused by venous disease even in diabetic patients. These are most often found on the inside of the ankle. If this is the case see a venous doctor. ...Read more

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My mate as an open wound on his leg its a leg ulcer. How would i know if its infected?

My mate as an open wound on his leg its a leg ulcer. How would i know if its infected?

Red and warm: If there is redness and warmth around the wound and you smell an odor it is probably infected. That being said they should be seen by a physician so that they can get on antibiotics. ...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