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Título: Úlceras de Perna em Portugal: um Problema de Saúde Subestimado
Outros títulos: Leg Ulcers in Portugal: an Underestimated Health Care Problem
Autor: Pina, E
Furtado, K
Franks, P
Moffatt, C
Palavras-chave: Úlcera da Perna
Úlcera Venosa
Cicatrização de Feridas
Data: 2004
Editora: Sociedade Portuguesa de Cirurgia Cardio-Torácica e Vascular
Citação: Rev Port Cir Cardiotorac Vasc. 2004 Oct-Dec;11(4):217-21
Resumo: To determine the prevalence and aetiology of leg ulceration in a population of patients registered with five health centres within Lisbon, a study was undertaken to identify patients receiving care from community and hospital. Identification of patients was through health professionals, with a simple questionnaire completed for all patients identified who were registered with the five health centres. In 263 patients were identified in a population of 186,000 (total prevalence 1.41/1,000 population). The prevalence was similar between men and women (1.3 and 1.46/1,000, respectively). As expected this was highly age dependent, being most common in patients aged over 80 years (6.5 and 4.9/1,000, respectively). The ulceration was highly chronic in nature, with median ulceration of 18 months. Of the 240 with ulcer duration recorded, 158 (66%) had the present ulcer for longer than one year, and 40 (17%) for longer than five years. The cause of ulceration was unknown to the health professional treating the patient in 86 (33%) of the cases. Of those with a cause, most commonly this was venous (80%) with 10% mixed arterial/venous ulceration and 3% frank arterial disease. Most care was provided by community services, with 145 (55%) treated in health centres and 77 (29%) treated in the patient's home. The mean number of treatments per week was 3.0, with 21 (9%) of patients being seen on a daily basis. Most patients (80%) had seen a specialist doctor for their ulceration, most often a dermatologist (48%) and a vascular surgeon (33%). The prevalence of chronic leg ulceration is similar to other reported studies in western Europe, and indicates that approximately 14,000 patients suffer from leg ulceration at any one time in Portugal. This produces a high burden on both hospital and community services.
Peer review: yes
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10400.17/293
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