Granulated sugar treatment for leg ulcers: a case report
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Granulated sugar treatment for leg ulcers: a case report

Moses Donald Murandu Senior lecturer, faculty of education, health and wellbeing, University of Wolverhampton, West Midlands

Moses Murandu highlights one patient’s story about the challenges of living for 13 years with leg ulcers and the radical improvements brought about by use of sugar for wound healing

The use of sugar in the treatment of wounds dates back to Ancient Egypt. This article begins with a summary of that history and, in the case study that follows, a patient describes his 13-year experience of living with leg ulcers. The patient explains the challenges these ulcers have brought to his day-to-day life and the particular problems he encountered with pain management. He discusses different approaches by doctors and district nurses to manage the ulcers and how, by chance, a newspaper article led to a meeting with a PhD student researching sugar and wound care – a meeting that was to lead to a new lease of life for the patient.

Primary Health Care. 26, 1, 26-29. doi: 10.7748/phc.26.1.26.s28


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This article has been subject to double-blind review and checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 11 May 2015

Accepted: 20 July 2015

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