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J Wound Care. 1996 Jun;5(6):277-80.

Qualitative bacteriology and leg ulcer healing.


This study investigated the bacterial profile of leg ulcers in 52 patients attending the Fremantle Hospital leg ulcer clinic. The aim was to identify whether the presence of specific bacterial groups delays healing, whether the bacterial flora changes as ulcers heal and, if so, whether these changes influence healing. The results show that the presence of any one specific bacterial group did not appear to delay healing, although the presence of four or more bacterial groups was associated with delayed healing. This was found to be statistically significant. It was noted that the bacterial flora does change as ulcers heal and that these changes were not related to changes in healing, with the exception of skin flora.

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