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Battery-powered ultrasound patches 'heal leg ulcers'

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the underlying cause of venous leg ulceration is venous hypertension. Effective treatment of this condition requires clinicians to undertake appropriate, thorough investigation of the underlying pathology, reversal of this venous backflow and engorgement through increasing the velocity of venous return (by surgical correction of the venous tree and/or application of effective sustain compression). None of this can be classed as "passive treatment". While these results may herald a positive new approach to venous ulceration, the findings need to be viewed with caution; trial subject numbers are very low, there seems to be a number of unanswered questions regarding how the technology influences the healing process and it is unclear whether these findings are repeatable in a larger study cohort. Chronic wounds pose a significant financial burden to health care providers and can bring misery to individual sufferers, in some cases for decades. Technological advances may bring the hope of effective treatment (and that may be the case here) but only time and the results of appropriately designed, methodologically sound studies will tell us if the outcomes witnessed are truly positive and are attributable to such hi-tech interventions.

Posted date

5 August, 2013

Posted time

11:13 am

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