Baseline factors affecting closure of venous leg ulcers

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Main idea: Factors associated with VLU lesions including location, area, and duration were important predictors of healing. Women were more likely than men to achieve wound closure. Factors including body mass index, the presence of diabetes mellitus, and higher concentrations of glycated hemoglobin were not significant independent predictors of wound closure in this analysis.

Abstract

Objective: The objective of this study was to characterize factors associated with closure of venous leg ulcers (VLUs) in a pooled analysis of subjects from three randomized clinical trials.

Results: This analysis included data from 716 subjects with VLU. Factors evaluated for association with healing included age, gender, race, diabetes, glycated hemoglobin level, body mass index, treatment (HP802-247 vs compression alone), and ulcer characteristics including location and area and duration at baseline. In an initial model including all of these putative factors, the following were significant at the P < .10 level: diagnosis of diabetes mellitus, gender, wound location (ankle or leg), baseline wound area, and wound duration at baseline. In a final model including only these factors, all but diabetes mellitus were significant at the P < .05 level. Effect sizes were as follows: female gender , wound location on the leg, smaller wound area at baseline , and shorter wound duration at baseline.

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