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Early endovenous ablation achieves faster healing of venous leg ulcers than compression therapy, study finds

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 24 April 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1805
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London, UK

Early use of endovenous ablation to close varicose veins in patients with leg ulcers achieves significantly faster healing and more time free from ulcers than treatment with compression therapy alone followed by deferred endovascular ablation if required, a randomised trial has shown.1

“With this trial, we have shown that by intervening early you improve the healing of the leg ulcer, and help a patient recover quicker,” said lead author Alun Davies, from Imperial College London, UK. He added, “We recommend that patients are referred to a vascular clinic upon diagnosis with a venous ulcer, to see …

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