Planimetric rate of healing in venous ulcers of the leg treated with pressure bandage and hydrocolloid dressing.

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Journal Article

Venous leg ulcers are a common cause of morbidity, but few predictive parameters exist that can be used to follow their progress.We investigated the use of healing rate as a useful parameter in the treatment of venous ulceration.Twenty-seven venous ulcers being treated with a standard regimen were evaluated. We calculated the initial (4-week) and overall healing rates using the Gilman method (delta A/p).The average initial healing rate for all ulcers combined, the healed group, and the nonhealing group was 0.069, 0.087, and -0.005 cm/wk, respectively. Similarly, the average overall healing rate for all ulcers combined, the healed group, and the nonhealing group was 0.062, 0.089, and -0.043 cm/wk, respectively.The initial healing rate (delta A/p(0-4)) may be an appropriate end point for clinical investigations comparing therapies for the treatment of chronic venous leg ulcers.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Margolis, DJ; Gross, EA; Wood, CR; Lazarus, GS

Published Date

  • March 1, 1993

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 28 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 418 - 421

PubMed ID

  • 8445057

Pubmed Central ID

  • 8445057

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1097-6787

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0190-9622

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0190-9622(93)70061-w

Language

  • eng