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Leg ulcers are areas of epidermal discontinuity in lower limbs with causes of venous, arterial, diabetic, pressure, traumatic, allergic, or inflammation. Chronic venous leg ulcers (VLUs) are defined as leg ulcers persisting for 4 weeks or more, a.k.a C6 in CEAP classification of chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) and account for up to 70% of all chronic leg ulcers exhibiting overall prevalence of up to 2% in the general population of western countries with significant morbidity and a negative socioeconomic impact. Wound care, debridement, bed rest with leg elevation, and compression are basic approaches for chronic VLUs. Meanwhile, numerous medical and surgical interventions were developed to promote wound healing and to prevent recurrence by focusing on pathophysiology of chronic VLUs. However, many strategies just have adjuvant effects or exert debatable benefits. The lymphatic system been considered important for removal of excessive fluid from the interstitial space, absorption of fat from the intestine and the immune system, actively involved in regulation of immune cell trafficking and inflammation. Emerging lymphovenous bypass (LVB), a supermicrosurgical technique diverting lymphatic drainage into venous system in dealing with lymphedema, not only restores TH1 and TH2 imbalance, but decreases oxidative stress and increases antioxidant capacity in the serum of lymphedema patients. Clinically, LVB could be an alternative treatment option for patients with lymphorrhea. Based on these facts, the investigators hypothesis that lymphatic hypertension and lymph impregnation contributes chronic venous leg ulcer formation and propose a novel strategy, using LVB to treat patients with refractory/recurrent chronic VLUs. The preliminary results revealed promising results and the investigators would go on clinical trials.

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NCT number NCT05068258
Study type Interventional
Source National Taiwan University Hospital
Contact Sung-Chuan Chao, MD, PhD
Phone +886-2312-3456
Email [email protected]
Status Not yet recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date October 1, 2021
Completion date October 1, 2028

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