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Age Ageing. 1995 Sep;24(5):407-10.

Factors associated with healing leg ulceration with high compression.

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  • 1Department of Surgery, Charing Cross Hospital, London.


To investigate factors relevant to the healing of leg ulceration by high compression, patients were interviewed using a standard questionnaire prior to treatment with a four-layer bandage high-compression system in six community ulcer clinics. We explored the relation of size, ulcer duration and medical history to healing. Cumulative healing rates were high using this method, being 69% after 12 weeks and 83% after 24 weeks. Twelve-week healing rates varied slightly between clinics, ranging from 62% to 83%. Univariate analysis of the total group showed that male sex (RR = 0.77, p = 0.023), poor limb joint mobility (RR = 0.39, p < 0.001), poor general mobility (RR = 0.49, p = 0.015), treatment at home (RR = 0.52, p < 0.001), ulcer size > 10 cm2 (RR = 0.37, p < 0.001), history of deep vein thrombosis (RR = 0.67, p = 0.016) and ulcer duration >6 months (RR = 0.35, p < 0.001) were significantly inversely associated with healing, Ulcer size, duration, limb joint mobility and general mobility were significant independent factors in multivariate analysis.

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