Leg ulcers

A leg ulcer is a loss of skin tissue >below the knee usually originating from an arterial or venous circulatory disorder.

Other causes such as diabetic ulcers, angio-necrotic ulcers, blood diseases or cancers, are more unusual.

  • The proportion of ulcers with a mixed arterial-venous origin has increased during the past few decades, as a result of the ageing of patients suffering from these diseases.
  • Ulceration does not tend to heal spontaneously.
  • It is a genuine problem due to its incapacitating nature and its cost for society.
  • It can also lead to complications such as infection.

Leg ulcers (read more...)

Diagnosis of an arterial ulcer and a venous ulcer (read more...)