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Malignant tumours arising in chronic leg ulcers: three cases and a review of the literature.
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PMID:  21841717     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
The precancerous potential of chronic leg ulcers is well-established but the number of reported cases overall is small. Delay in diagnosis may result in a worse prognosis, loss of the affected limb or occurrence of metastases. We report a case series of three patients with long-standing history of recalcitrant leg ulcers, which finally showed malignancy when histologically investigated. In addition, we discuss the literature concerning malignant transformation of chronic leg ulcers and try to bring forward the controversial question of how to differentiate primary and secondary malignancies in chronic ulcers. Although hypotheses about altered wound healing mechanisms, influence of chronic inflammation and irritation or tissue damage through infections are conclusive, further investigations are necessary to clarify the exact pathogenetic mechanisms of tumour development in chronic wounds.
C Erfurt-Berge; J Bauerschmitz
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of wound care     Volume:  20     ISSN:  0969-0700     ISO Abbreviation:  J Wound Care     Publication Date:  2011 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-08-15     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9417080     Medline TA:  J Wound Care     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  396-400     Citation Subset:  N    
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