About Venous Ulcers

Also known as “stasis ulcers,” venous ulcers are characterized by damage and loss of skin as a result of a problem with the veins in the leg. Venous ulcers are generally irregular, shallow, and located over areas of bony prominence. Venous ulcers account for 80 percent of lower extremity ulcerations and are often recurrent.

Some causes for venous ulcers are:

  • inflammatory processes resulting in leukocyte activation
  • endothelial damage
  • platelet aggregation
  • intracellular edema

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