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Chemical Burns Following Massage With Chopped Pulsatilla koreana

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Abstract: Herbal massage is commonly used for cosmetic and antirheumatic purposes in the Republic of Korea. Cutaneous burns can complicate herbal massages, but this is a very rare occurrence. Pulsatilla koreana, the Korean pasque flower, is a species of the genus Pulsatilla from the Ranunculaceae family. It is a perennial plant native to Korea, where it is used in herbal and folk medicine for its antipyretic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, astringent, and hemostatic effects. Three cases of burns as a result of herbal massages with Pulsatilla koreana are presented herein to increase public awareness about the adverse effects of products used incorrectly for herbal massage....

A Pilot Study to Evaluate the Effects of Perfusion-decellularized Porcine Hepatic-derived Wound Matrix on Difficult-to-heal Diabetic Foot Ulcers

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Abstract: Objective. The purpose of this prospective pilot study is to evaluate the effects of a novel perfusion-decellularized porcine hepatic-derived wound matrix (PDPHD-WM) on very difficult-to-heal diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs)....

Psychosocial Aspects in Patients With Chronic Leg Ulcers

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Abstract: Chronic leg ulcers persist for > 6 weeks and show no tendency to heal after 3 or more months. They can be distressing to patients, both directly through physical symptoms caused by the disease and indirectly through limitations on work capacity, social activity, and personal hygiene. The quality of life (QoL) of patients with leg ulcers can be impaired by a complex set of aspects. Restrictions in their ability to perform paid employment, handle household duties, and engage in personal hygiene adversely affect patients’ QoL. Patients with chronic leg ulcers frequently experience negative emotions such as shame, embarrassment, and loneliness, and they present higher levels of depression and anxiety compared with healthy individuals. When the expected healing results do not occur, these patients feel as if they have no control over their condition; this ongoing frustration leads them to feel depressed. The ulcers contribute to anxiety and psychological stress, creating a vicious, difficult-to-manage circle. This review aims to describe the negative psychosocial impacts on patients with chronic leg ulcers and emphasize their impaired QoL....

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Updating the Diabetic Foot Treatment Algorithm: Recommendations on Treatment Using Advanced Medicine and Therapies

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Abstract: Objective. Since the last diabetic foot ulcer (DFU) treatment algorithm was published in 2002, new options for diagnostic testing and treatments have been developed. This study seeks to update the DFU treatment algorithm to include new options available in diagnostic testing and treatment....

Perceived Concerns of Patients at Risk for Lower Extremity Amputation

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Abstract: Despite a good understanding of risk factors for amputation and the development of multidisciplinary amputation prevention teams, thousands of lower limb amputations are performed on a daily basis. These amputations are often transformative events in the lives of patients with functional, psychological, social, and economic implications. Objective. The objective of this investigation is to qualitatively and quantitatively explore the perceived concerns of patients with chronic wounds at risk for lower extremity amputation....

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Abstract: Optimal wound healing with negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) relies on a properly sealed vacuum system. Anatomically difficult wounds impair the adhesive dressing, which results in air leaks that disrupt the integrity of the NPWT system and hinder wound healing. 

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