Leg Ulcers: Causes, Symptoms and Diagnosis
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What causes leg ulcers? 7 possible conditions

Leg ulcers are unhealed sores or open wounds on the legs. Without treatment, these types of ulcers can keep recurring.  Read more

See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.

1

Diabetes Overview

Diabetes is a group of chronic metabolic diseases caused by defects in insulin production or function. Advanced diabetes may cause stomach pain, nausea, dizziness, and cramps.

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2

Arteriosclerosis

Atherosclerosis is a narrowing of the arteries caused by a buildup of plaque. It's also called arteriosclerosis or hardening of the arteries.

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3

Venous insufficiency

Venous insufficiency is a condition where the flow of blood through the veins is blocked, causing blood to pool in the legs. It's often caused by blood clots.

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4

Peripheral Vascular Disease

Peripheral vascular diseases (PVDs) are circulation disorders that affect blood vessels outside of the heart and brain. PVD typically strikes the veins and arteries that supply the arms, legs, and organs located belo...

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5

High Blood Pressure Overview

High blood pressure (hypertension) increases your risk for heart attack, stroke, coronary heart disease, and other serious health problems.

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6

Kidney Failure

Your body becomes overloaded with toxins if your kidneys can't do their regular job. This can lead to kidney failure and even be life-threatening.

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7

Sickle Cell Anemia

Red blood cells are normally shaped like discs, which allows them to travel through blood vessels. Sickle cell disease causes sickle cells to be sickle-shaped.

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This feature is for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose.
Please consult a healthcare professional if you have health concerns.
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