How are leg ulcers treated in patients with sickle cell disease (SCD)?

Updated: May 12, 2021
  • Author: Joseph E Maakaron, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Leg ulcers are treated with debridement and antibiotics. Zinc oxide occlusive dressing (Unna boot) and leg elevation are employed. Transfusion may accelerate healing. Skin grafting may be necessary in recalcitrant cases. Leg ulcers may result from venous stasis and chronic hypoxia and may become infected. Management is the same as with other stasis ulcers.


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