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What are venous ulcers?

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What are venous ulcers? Ulcers, often painful, are wounds usually located by the ankles that are caused by abnormal pressure from diseased veins that cannot adequately transport blood back to the heart. Venous reflex as can be found in deep venous insufficiency or superficial venous insufficiency. They are the major cause of chronic wounds occurring in 70 to 90 percent of patients with chronic wounds. If an ulcer is in part or completely due to superficial venous insufficiency, treating the underlying superficial venous insufficiency can reduce the pressure and cure the ulcer. This can also prevent recurrences. Other treatments include frequent wound cleansing, anti-inflammatory medications and wound dresses.

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