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Chronic Wounds

Chronic wounds, also known as ulcers, are wounds that have a biological or physiological reason for not healing. The fact that a wound is chronic has nothing to do with the amount of time the wound has been present. If unrecognized and untreated, chronic wounds—such as a leg ulcer from a vein problem, a foot wound in a person with diabetes, a bed sore or an infected wound—can have serious health complications.

About Chronic Wounds

Chronic wounds can be recognized by the loss of skin and/or tissue surrounding the wound. Once a wound has become chronic, intensive medical intervention is required to make the wound heal. There are a variety of types of chronic wounds, and each has its own causes and treatment regimens.

Source: Columbia University Medical Center, Department of Surgery

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