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Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia 2003 December;138(6):513-7

language: Italian

Topical treatment of chronic pressure ulcers with Ustiosan

Ricci E. 1, Bosio D. 2, Nano M. 3

1 Centro Vulnologico Italiano, Torino,
2 Centro ricerche Biologiche La Carignana, Caselle Torinese,
3 Dipartimento di Fisiopatologia Clinica, Università degli Studi di Torino, Torino


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Aim. Chronic pressure ulcers constitute a growing healthcare problem as the number of older persons increases. In Italy an estimated 3-4% of the population will eventually develop a chronic skin lesion. An important part of local treatment to promote skin repair is pain control and elimination of necrotic and infected tissue. This study evaluated the clinical performance of a topical preparation containing lidocaine, procaine and 8-oxyquinoline (Ustiosan®, Kelemata SpA, Turin) in the treatment and management of chronic pressure ulcers.
Methods. This open study used Ustiosan, a topical ointment containing procaine chlorhydrate (0.5%), lidocaine hydrate (0.5%) and 8-oxyquinoline sulphate for the treatment of chronic
pressure ulcers. The study group consisted of 20 outpatients (10 men, 10 women; mean age, 68.7 years; range, 19-91) with normal nutritional status; 18 presented with pressure ulcers, 1 with lower limb venous ulcer and 1 with Martorell’s ulcer of the lower limb.
Results. Healing was achieved in 20% of cases, an extremely promising finding even for such a short observation period. Wound margin recovery was attained in 90% of cases, and pain control was efficacious in 90%.
Conclusion. The results of this study suggest that Ustiosan may be advantageously used as Primary local treatment of uncomplicated chronic skin ulcers, particularly in painful lesions.

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