The Impact of Lower Extremity Venous Ulcers due to Chronic Venous Insufficiency on Quality of Life
Sotirios A Koupidis1, Kosmas I Paraskevas2, Vassilios Stathopoulos3, Dimitri P Mikhailidis*, 4
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2008
First Page: 105
Last Page: 109
Publisher ID: TOCMJ-2-105
Article History:Received Date: 17/11/2008
Revision Received Date: 18/11/2008
Acceptance Date: 19/11/2008
Electronic publication date: 28/11/2008
Collection year: 2008
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Lower extremity venous ulcers comprise a complex medical and social issue. The conservative and/or surgical management of venous ulcers is often inadequate. In addition, the psychosocial aspect of the disease is often overlooked and most often undertreated. Common symptoms such as pain, low self-esteem and patient isolation are usually not recognized and therefore not adequately managed.
This mini-review summarizes the current data on the management of lower extremity venous ulcers and their impact on the quality of life of these patients.