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Vascular Wounds: Ulcers with Venous Origins

Objectives:

The most frequent ulcers in the lower limbs are phlebostatic ulcers, which account for approximately 80-90% of all vascular wounds in this location. Their prevalence in the adult population is approximately 1.5% in Western countries, and it is estimated that 8–15% of patients who suffer from chronic venous insufficiency will develop a venous ulcer during their lifetime. In addition to their high prevalence, these ulcers show a great tendency for chronicity (40% of these ulcers will be present for more than 10 years) and recurrence (over 65% of healed wounds will recur within the next 2 years). These characteristics contribute to the burden of the disease both in terms of economic costs and through their significant impact on a patient’s health-related quality of life.

The pathophysiology of phlebostatic ulcers is not completely understood. There are several gaps in our knowledge concerning treatments for these ulcers, and patient compliance with the existing prescribed treatments is low. These factors contribute to poor outcomes in these patients.

The objective of this session was to review the basis of venous ulcers, present the latest evidence, and discuss new possibilities for their treatment.

Speakers:

The session took place on Wednesday 14 May from 16.45-18.00 in room N105/N106.