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J Wound Care. 1997 May;6(5):219-21.

Monitoring wound healing by odour.

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Department of Burns and Plastic Surgery, Booth Hall Children's Hospital, Manchester.


A pilot study using electronic aroma detection was performed over a six-month period to assess the aroma of chronic non-healing venous leg ulcers and the effect of appropriate antibiotic therapy on modification of the aroma. Deep infection with pathogenic organisms was found on biopsy culture in 13 out of 15 patients. Odour analysis was performed at weekly intervals on the ulcer dressings using an AromaScan instrument. Data points on the aroma maps moved from their pre-treatment presentation. Alterations in aroma data correlated well with the progress of the ulcers. Aroma analysis is shown to be a potential tool in monitoring the progress towards healing of chronic venous ulcers.

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