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A Journal on Physiopathology and Therapy of Chronic Cutaneous Ulcers

Official Journal of the Italian Association for Cutaneous Ulcers
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Acta Vulnologica 2011 December;9(4):183-7

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Observational investigation of vascular ulcers in Italy: SUV study, intermediate results

Apollonio A. 1, Antignani P. 2, Di Salvo M. 3, Failla G. 3, Guarnera G. 4, Mosti G. 5, Ricci E. 6

1 Belcolle Hospital, Viterbo, Italy;
2 San Giovanni Hospital, Rome, Italy;
3 Vittorio Emanuele Polyclinic, Catania, Italy;
4 Immacolata Dermopathic Institute, Rome, Italy;
5 Barbantini Clinic, Lucca, Italy:
6 Casa di Cura San Luca, Turin, Italy


Aim. The purpose of this Vascular Ulcer Study (Studio Ulcere Vascolari - SUV) is to provide a nation-wide epidemiological picture of vascular ulcers of the lower extremities (arterial, venous, mixed, diabetic and decubitus) and at the same time observe the course of these conditions by collecting data on current clinical practice.
Methods. The data collected thus far, 18 months from the start of the study and 6 from its conclusion, represent a series of 1215 patients observed by 55 centers all over Italy.
Results and conclusion. Baseline epidemiological results point to a prevalence of obese female patients with venous ulcers, in almost 2/3 of the cases recorded. Broadly speaking, the ulcers are painful and disabling and often accompanied by local infections of different severity. In terms of healing, the most interesting data seem to come from venous ulcers as they would appear to be favourably and significantly influenced by drugs used as adjuvants to local (compression and topic) therapy.

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