Combination treatment with light emitting diode and wound dressings in a patient with a venous leg ulcer: a case report

Irma Bernadette S. Sitohang, Mutiara Ramadhiani, Karin Rachmani, Hanif Sri Utami, Melani Marissa

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Abstract

Leg ulcers are a problem often found in the adult population, with a prevalence of 1 to 2% in the population. Vascular disease is the most common cause. Venous disorders that occur in the lower limbs are the main cause of lower leg ulcers compared to other vascular disorders. Emerging wounds can cause pain, thereby interfering with quality of life. These conditions often persist for a long time, and they can be a health problem that leads to an economic burden as a result of a long period of wound care. Several therapeutic methods that can be chosen for wound healing purposes include light-emitting diodes (LED) and wound dressings. LED can have physiological effects such as anti-inflammatory resolution, neoangiogenesis, fibroblast and epithelial proliferation, and collagen synthesis and deposition. Furthermore, wound dressings provide an optimal condition for wound healing by creating a moist and clean environment for the wound. We present the case of a 47-year-old man with a venous leg ulcer that was treated with LED and wound dressings. After the patient underwent the eighteenth LED session, combined with wound dressings, the size, depth, and pain of the venous leg ulcer decreased.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-42
Number of pages4
JournalActa dermatovenerologica Alpina, Pannonica, et Adriatica
Volume29
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2020

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