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What is a venous skin ulcer?

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A venous skin ulcer is a sore on your leg that’s very slow to heal, usually because of weak blood circulation in the limb.

They can last anywhere from a few weeks to years. You may hear a doctor or nurse call them “venous leg ulcers.”

They can sometimes lead to more serious problems if you don’t have them treated.

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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