An Introduction to Sickle Cell Ulcers

Let’s look at the relatively uncommon but extremely debilitating issue of sickle cell ulcers. Sickle cell ulcers are a common manifestation of sickle cell disease, which is itself an inherited, genetic disorder of the oxygen-carrying hemoglobin in red blood cells. Sickle Cell Ulcer Statistics Sickle cell disease is particularly common among people whose ancestors come…

Diagnosis of Pyoderma Gangrenosum & Risk Factors

Pyoderma gangrenosum is a rare but serious ulcerating skin disease causing painful ulcers on the legs and other parts of the body. Although pyoderma gangrenosum can affect individuals of any age, it is most common in people in their 40s and 50s. It tends to be associated with inflammatory conditions, including ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease,…

Types of Pyoderma Gangrenosum

Pyoderma gangrenosum is a  rare but serious ulcerating skin disease, which can present in many forms and to a variety of health professionals. This means a diagnosis of the condition is often delayed, lead to serious clinical consequences for the patient. [1] Pyoderma gangrenosum presents most commonly on the lower legs, particularly in the pretibial…

A New Topic on WoundTalk – Pyoderma Gangrenosum

The last few weeks on WoundTalk have been devoted to a discussion of lymphedema.  Our new subject for discussion will be pyoderma gangrenosum, an uncommon but potentially incapacitating condition that is still not fully understood. As well as providing a comprehensive overview of this condition, we will also provide resources to assist you in understanding…

Lymphedema – Summary

Lymphedema – Summary

Lymphedema is a notoriously debilitating progressive condition with no known cure. The condition is cause by a defect in the lymphatic system, resulting in an abnormal collection of excess tissue proteins, edema, chronic inflammation and fibrosis. It is estimated that between 3 and 5 million patients in the United States suffer from lymphedema,1 and many…

Lymphedema Classification and Characteristics

Lymphedema Classification and Characteristics

The term lymphedema describes a condition in which lymphatic fluid accumulates in the interstitium causing swelling and a feeling of heaviness or weakness in the affected area, usually the arms and legs.1 Lymphedema Classification Lymphedema may be classified either as primary or secondary. Primary lymphedema develops as a consequence of a pathologic congenital and/or hereditary…

Lymphedema Risk Factors and Diagnosis

Lymphedema Risk Factors and Diagnosis

Lymphedema is a debilitating condition in which lymphatic fluid accumulates in the interstitium causing swelling and a feeling of heaviness or weakness in the affected area, usually the arms and legs.1 Lymphedema Risk Factors A number of factors are known to increase the risk of developing lymphedema, with cancer treatment being a major risk. Lymph-node…

Lymphedema – Overview and Etiology

Lymphedema – Overview and Etiology

What is lymphedema? Lymphedema describes an abnormal accumulation of lymphatic fluid in the interstitium causing swelling and a feeling of heaviness or weakness in the affected area. Lymphedema most commonly affects the arms and legs, but can sometimes also occur in other parts of the body.1 Interest in lymphedema has traditionally been limited, partly because…

The Importance of Maintaining Moisture Balance

Before the seminal research of the 1960s, it was widely believed that wound healing could be encouraged by maintaining a dry wound bed. Despite all the evidence amassed over the intervening years to confirm the benefits of maintaining a moist healing environment, many patients still appear skeptical and instinctively averse to the idea of moisture…

Evidence-Based Medicine in Clinical Decision Making

Previous articles have considered the importance of recording a full patient history, undertaking a thorough systems review, and making appropriate use of the different tests and measures available when confronted with a new wound care patient. Armed with the information from these different examinations, the wound care professional is now in a position to make…