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Contraindications to compression therapy for venous stasis ulcers

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    Are there absolute contraindications for compression stockings in patients with venous stasis ulcers ?  Yes. 

    1. Arterial occlusive disease
    2. Heart failure
    3. Ankle brachial index < 0.5 

    Guarnera G, Zamboni P. Nelzen O, Mannello F, Andriessen A. Pending questions in venous ulcers management: Report from a Symposium of the World Union of Wound Healing Societies International Congress. 


    Dr Karamanoukian's note:  mixed arterial and venous disease is not common and as such, most patients with venous stasis ulcers are eligible for treatment with compression bandages.