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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

 

According to the American College of Phlebology, epidemiologic studies have found that the prevalence of venous stasis ulcers (leg ulceration) in adults, either active or healed, is about 1-2%. This is quite a number, suggesting that there are some 3 million to 6 million adults in the United States with venous stasis ulcers (venous ulcers). Depending on the study, venous stasis ulcers are 1.5 to 3 times more common in women than in men. They occur rarely before the age of forty and are found in as many as 3.4 % of patients older than 80 years of age. Venous stasis ulcers have been diagnosed and treated in patients as young as 20 years old!

 

In our practice, a recent survey and analysis of our database of patients with venous stasis ulcers was notable for patients treated as early as age 26 and as old as age 86. The vast majority are in the 4th decade of life and associated with a significant family history of venous insufficiency. Venous insufficiency is also called venous reflux disease and can originate at the saphenofemoral junction, saphenopopliteal junction, or along named perforator veins. A large proportion of patients (64%) recall a family member who had trophic changes in the legs, whether they were pigmented and brown discoloration of the legs (bronzing, hemosiderosis) or with a history of venous stasis ulcers. This is not an uncommon finding in patients who have venous stasis ulcers. Three out of 4 patients in our analysis state that they were told for many years by their physicians that "nothing can be done for the discoloration of the skin"!  Nothing could be farther from the truth. Ask The Vein Experts at VeinsVeinsVeins.com

 

Dr. Hratch Karamanoukian is a member of the American College of Phlebology AND a Diplomate of the American Board of Phlebology. He can be contacted by calling 716-839-3638 or www.VeinsVeinsVeins.com 

 

Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian is a member of the American College of Phlebology AND a Diplomate of the American Board of Phlebology. He can be contacted by calling 310-998-5535 or www.SantaMonicaVeinCenter.com 

 

Drs. Raffy and Hratch Karamanoukian have authored 6 books about venous disease. The books are available on Amazon Kindle and Nook books for download.

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