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The treatment of leg ulcers in a clinic setting

Leg ulceration is a common problem in the UK with around 1% of the population affected at some time in their lives. Although associated with old age, there is a significant prevalence in the under 50s. Within our service, clients as young as 18 years have presented. The cost of treating leg ulcers has been estimated at 2% of total health spending for the UK. Moreover, this figure does not take into account the personal cost to the patientÕs quality of life, including pain, social isolation, immobility and odour.
Dermatology in practice 2000; 8(3): 11–13
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