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A novel treatment for plantar ulcers in leprosy: local superficial flaps.

Gahalaut , P and Pinto, J and Pai , GS and Kamath, J and *, Joshua TV (2005) A novel treatment for plantar ulcers in leprosy: local superficial flaps. Lepr Rev journal, 76 (3). pp. 220-231.

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Abstract

Plantar ulceration is the most common serious disability occurring in patients of leprosy. Growth and emergence of innovative procedures in plastic surgery has greatly revolutionized the treatment of this highly frustrating problem. In the present study, a total of 40 leprosy patients were included. These ulcers were managed using different types of local superficial flaps (advancement, rotation, transposition and first toe web flap). Majority of ulcers healed within 4 weeks and patients were discharged within 6-8 weeks postoperatively. Patients were followed up for a period of 6 months to 3 years. Ulcers recurred in only 25% of all the ulcers operated upon and we observed that management of plantar ulcers by using appropriate local superficial plantar flaps is a viable option and worth trying in view of low incidence of recurrence and relatively shorter duration of hospital stay.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Surgery
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2012 10:52
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2012 10:52
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/3533

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