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Understanding leg ulceration associated with Intravenous drug use
  Clinicians are reporting a rise in numbers of people with leg ulceration and a history of injecting drug use. These tend to be younger people with little co-morbidity. The ulceration may appear long after injecting has ceased and may be long-standing before an individual seeks help. The ulcers are often but not always, venous, and are closely associated with femoral injecting and a history of thrombosis in the limb. Assessment and management is similar to non-injectors, but there are usually differences in social circumstances that impact on care choices. Unfortunately there is a dearth of evidence related to leg ulceration in this population.

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  • Date:

    21 May 2018

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  • Library of Congress:

    RD Surgery

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    617 Surgery & related medical specialties

  • Funders:

    Edinburgh Napier Funded


Coull, A., & Sharp, A. (2018). Understanding leg ulceration associated with Intravenous drug use. Nursing Times, 114(6), 31-34



Leg Ulcers, IVDU, People who inject drugs (PWID),

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