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Abstract

Leg ulcers can be defined as any wound located above the foot and under the knee. There are a large number of diseases that can induce a leg ulcer: malignancies, vascular, dermatological, metabolic, haematological or infectious diseases. Treatment of leg ulcers is based on two pillars:The first comprises treatment of underlying disease ,and the second encompasses local wound care.

Abbreviations

ABI or ABPI

Ankle-brachial pressure index

DVT

Venous thrombosis

ESWT

Extracorporeal shock wave therapy

MPFF

Micronised purified flavonoid fraction

NPWT

Negative-pressure wound therapy

PAOD

Peripheral arterial occlusive disease

PG

Pyoderma gangrenosum

VAC

Vacuum-assisted closure

VAD

Venoactive drugs

wIRA

Water-filtered infrared A

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