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Angiology. 1996 Dec;47(12):1167-71.

Surgical treatment of refractory venous stasis ulcer due to a severe impairment of calf muscle pump function: evaluation by air plethysmography. A case report.

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  • 1Department of Surgery, Kobe University School of Medicine, Japan.


The authors encountered a forty-nine-year-old man with a lower limb ulcer refractory to intensive conservative therapy. No varicose vein was found anywhere, and the usual phlebographies and foot venous pressure measurement failed to diagnose it as a venous stasis ulcer. A direct phlebography method developed by the authors, in which a thin catheter is inserted into the deep vein, disclosed a reflux of the popliteal vein or a deep muscle branch from which an incompetent perforator arose toward the superficial vein above the ulcer. Air plethysmography (APG) showed a severe impairment of the calf muscle pump function. He underwent a subfascial ligation of two incompetent perforators together with a stripping of the great saphenous vein passing under the ulcer. Postoperatively, this ulcer was cured in an early phase, and the calf muscle pump function showed improvement in the APG.

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