Conflict of interest: The authors have no conflicts of interests with respect to the materials presented in the manuscript.
Approach to diagnosing lower extremity ulcers
Article first published online: 6 JUN 2013
© 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Special Issue: Update on Understanding and Managing Chronic Wounds
Volume 26, Issue 3, pages 181–186, May/June 2013
How to Cite
Fukaya, E. and Margolis, D. J. (2013), Approach to diagnosing lower extremity ulcers. Dermatologic Therapy, 26: 181–186. doi: 10.1111/dth.12054
- Issue published online: 6 JUN 2013
- Article first published online: 6 JUN 2013
- chronic wounds;
Chronic leg ulcers (as differentiated from wound of the foot) are most often due to venous disease, arterial insufficiency (peripheral arterial disease), or a combination of both. Treatment modalities vary depending on the etiology of the ulcer, so it is important to make an appropriate diagnosis of the wound. Like for most medical illnesses, the determination of the etiology of these wounds is based on history, physical examination, and testing.