Therapeutic ultrasound for venous leg ulcers

Cullum, Nicky, Al-Kurdi , Deyaa and Bell-Syer, Sally E. M. (2010) Therapeutic ultrasound for venous leg ulcers. The Cochrane Library, 6: . doi:10.1002/14651858.CD001180.pub3

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Author Cullum, Nicky
Al-Kurdi , Deyaa
Bell-Syer, Sally E. M.
Title Therapeutic ultrasound for venous leg ulcers
Journal name The Cochrane Library   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1469-493X
Publication date 2010-06-16
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1002/14651858.CD001180.pub3
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Issue 6
Total pages 45
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Venous leg ulcers are common, especially in the elderly. They are caused by damage or blockages in the veins of the legs, which in turn lead to pooling of blood and increased pressure in these veins. Eventually, these changes can damage the skin and lead to ulcer formation.

Compression with stockings or bandages is the most widely used, and acceptable, treatment for venous leg ulcers. Ultrasound has been used as an additional intervention, especially for difficult, long-standing ulcers. The mechanisms by which ultrasound waves interact with healing tissues are not fully understood. We conducted a review to establish whether ultrasound speeds the healing and improve symptoms of venous leg ulcers, and examined all the available evidence from medical trials. This showed that there is no strong evidence that ultrasound hastens ulcer healing. There is, however, some weak evidence from poor-quality research that high-frequency ultrasound may increase the healing of venous leg ulcers. This finding, however, requires confirmation in larger and rigorously conducted medical trials before we can be certain that it is true and can be trusted. There is no evidence that low frequency ultrasound improves the healing of venous leg ulcers.
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Article number CD001180.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collection: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work Publications
 
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