What is Stasis Dermatitis & Ulcers?
Stasis dermatitis and ulcers develop in people with poor circulation. They most often occur in the lower legs because that is where blood typically collects. People often experience swollen legs and feet, open sores, itchy and reddish skin. Patients that sit or stand for long periods or get limited amounts of exercise also increase their risks.
In the early stages of stasis dermatitis skin may look thin, it may be itchy. Scratching should be avoided to keep skin from cracking and to keep fluid from seeping out. With time, changes may include skin hardening and a brownish tone to to the skin. This is called lipodermatosclerosis, it may even be lumpy. In the final stages the skin breaks down and an ulcer or sore develop. These ulcers usually develop on the inside of the ankle.
Diagnosis: Stasis dermatitis and ulcers are diagnosed using a venous doppler ultrasound. Additional testing may be needed including a venogram and an intravascular ultrasound due to abnormally high reflux times and markedly dilated veins.
Dull Ache or Heaviness
High Blood Pressure
Congestive Heart Failure
Injury to the Lower Leg
Deep Vein Thrombosis of the Legs