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November 1971

Surgical Treatment of the Refractory Postphlebitic Ulcer

Author Affiliations

Durham, NC
From the Department of Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC.

Arch Surg. 1971;103(5):554-560. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1971.01350110052008

Thirty-one operations have been performed on 28 patients for refractory postphlebitic stasis ulcers during the past 15 years. Venous insufficiency had been present 1 to 35 years. The average duration between ulceration and definitive surgery was five years. The ulcers had recurred after ligation and stripping of varicose veins in ten patients and after excision and split-thickness grafting of the ulcer in five patients. Eighteen patients have been followed up for at least five years. The ulcer recurrence rate is approximately 10%.

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