Non-venous leg ulcers
Although the majority of leg ulcers are venous, there are many other possible causes of leg ulcer. The diagnostic challenge makes working with leg ulcers anything other than boring! The prevalence of leg ulcers has been estimated at 1.5 per 1,000 but rises sharply to 20 per 1,000 in the over-80s. Leg ulcers are, therefore, a common problem and are likely to rise in number with an increasingly elderly population. In this article we will discuss the assessment of the patient with a leg ulcer, highlight the features that may suggest a nonvenous cause for an ulcer, and discuss some of the more important causes of ulceration.
Dermatology in practice 2000; 8(5): 22–25
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