Leg ulcers
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Leg ulcers

Georgina Casey Nurse consultant, Based in Bristol

Georgina Casey examines the underlying physiology of the causes of common leg ulcers, and offers advice on the assessment, treatment and management of ulcers of both venous and arterial origin

Aims and intended learning outcomes

The aim of this article is to provide an overview of the underlying physiology of the causes of common leg ulcers, thus giving the nurse a rationale for the appropriate assessment and treatment of these wounds.

After reading this article you should be able to:

Discuss common causes of leg ulcers

Distinguish between venous and arterial ulceration

Outline the types of assessments used to determine aetiology of leg ulcers

Provide a physiological rationale for different treatments.

Primary Health Care. 9, 4,31-36. doi: 10.7748/phc1999.05.9.4.31.c645