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Age Ageing. 1995 Nov;24(6):490-4.

Risk factors for leg ulcer recurrence: a randomized trial of two types of compression stocking.

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Centre for Research and Implementation of Clinical Practice, Royal Masonic Hospital, London.

Abstract

Patients with recently healed leg ulceration were entered into a study of leg ulcer recurrence. In all, 188 patients [69% women, mean age = 72 (SD = 12) years] were entered into the study, of whom 166 were considered suitable for ready-made stockings and were randomized to one of two class II below-knee compression stockings and followed for at least 18 months. The remaining patients required either made-to-measure stockings (5) or could not tolerate stockings owing to friable skin and were treated by other methods (17). Overall cumulative recurrence rate was 26% after 1 year and 31% at 18 months. Independent risk factors for (RR = 2.34, p = 0.021) and unsuitability for stockings (RR = 2.52, p = 0.013). The randomized groups had similar stockings, 25 (15%) could not put their stockings on at all and 43 (26%) were only able to put them on with great difficulty. The two stocking types differed significantly in this regard when analysed for trend.

PMID:
8588538
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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