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What are the causes of venous skin ulcer?

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Venous ulcers happen when there’s a break in the skin on your leg, usually around the ankle. The veins in the leg, which should send blood back to the heart, might not be doing their job all that well. That’s often because the valves that stop the flow of blood back into the veins aren’t working like they should. This backflow of blood means increased pressure in the end of the limb. When that happens, it can weaken the skin and make it harder for a cut or scrape to heal.

From: What Is a Venous Skin Ulcer? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Family Physician: “Diagnosis and Treatment of Venous Ulcers.”

The Cleveland Clinic: “Lower Extremity Ulcers.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Venous ulcers.”

The Circulation Foundation: “Leg ulcers.”

National Health Service (UK): “Venous leg ulcer.”

Agency for Health Care Research and Quality: “Chronic Venous Ulcers: A Comparative Effectiveness Review of Treatment Modalities.”

Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: “Malignant transformation of leg ulcers: a retrospective study of 85 cases.”

Radiologyinfo.org: “Phlebitis: Definition.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 28, 2018

SOURCES:

American Family Physician: “Diagnosis and Treatment of Venous Ulcers.”

The Cleveland Clinic: “Lower Extremity Ulcers.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Venous ulcers.”

The Circulation Foundation: “Leg ulcers.”

National Health Service (UK): “Venous leg ulcer.”

Agency for Health Care Research and Quality: “Chronic Venous Ulcers: A Comparative Effectiveness Review of Treatment Modalities.”

Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: “Malignant transformation of leg ulcers: a retrospective study of 85 cases.”

Radiologyinfo.org: “Phlebitis: Definition.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 28, 2018

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