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Compression therapies for chronic venous leg ulcers: interventions and adherence

Authors Latz C, Brown K, Bush R

Received 19 September 2014

Accepted for publication 11 November 2014

Published 9 January 2015 Volume 2015:2 Pages 11—21

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/CWCMR.S62940

Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single-blind

Peer reviewer comments 4

Editor who approved publication: Professor Marco Romanelli


Christopher A Latz,1 Kellie R Brown,2 Ruth L Bush1

1Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, Bryan, TX, USA; 2Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, USA

Abstract: Compression therapy has been the mainstay for the treatment of lower extremity edema, venous insufficiency, and particularly, venous ulcerative disease. Though modern surgical treatments exist, none are completely effective without good compressive options to allow for decreased swelling and better oxygenation of damaged tissues. This review article will describe the pathophysiology and presentation of lower extremity venous ulcerations, as well as current options for compression therapy. The benefits, along with the major pitfall of nonadherence, will also be discussed.

Keywords: venous disease, chronic venous insufficiency, venous ulceration

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