Venous stasis ulcer information


According to the American College of Phlebology, epidemiologic studies have found that the prevalence of leg ulceration in adults, either active or healed, is about 1-2%. This is quite a number, suggesting that there are some 3 million to 6 million adults in the United States with venous stasis ulcers (venous ulcers).

Depending on the study, venous stasis ulcers are 1.5 to 3 times more common in women than in men. They occur rarely before the age of forty and are found in as many as 3.4 % of patients older than 80 years of age. Venous stasis ulcers have been diagnosed and treated in patients as young as 20 years old!

Venous stasis ulcers should not be confused with ulcers related to arterial insufficiency which are due to insufficient flow of oxygenated blood to the tissues. This is from advanced atherosclerotic disease in the arterial system of the lower extremities and is associated with diabetes, older age, hypercholesterolemia, among other causes.

Venous stasis ulcers are 5 to 7 times more common than arterial ulcers associated with peripheral arterial disease (PAD). The location of arterial ulcers are different than the location of venous staisis ulcers.

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Buffalo General Surgeon