This site is intended for healthcare professionals

Go to /sign-in page

You can view 5 more pages before signing in


Last reviewed dd mmm yyyy. Last edited dd mmm yyyy

Authoring team

The life-time incidence of venous leg ulceration in the UK is approximately 1%.

The point prevalence is:

  • 1-4 per 1000 of the general population
  • 25 per 1000 of those over 85 yr old

There is a sex bias in the incidence of venous leg ulceration:

  • young patients (<40 yr) with venous leg are predominantly male
  • overall the female:male ratio is 2:1

In the developed world 75-90% of chronic leg ulcers are caused by venous hypertension.

The median duration of venous ulcers is usually about 9 months.

With specialist care rates of 70% healing at 3 months are possible.

Although the incidence of chronic leg ulcer is spread evenly across different socioeconomic groups, in lower socioeconomic groups the ulcers take longer to heal and recurrence rates are higher (1).


Create an account to add page annotations

Add information to this page that would be handy to have on hand during a consultation, such as a web address or phone number. This information will always be displayed when you visit this page

The content herein is provided for informational purposes and does not replace the need to apply professional clinical judgement when diagnosing or treating any medical condition. A licensed medical practitioner should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.


Copyright 2024 Oxbridge Solutions Limited, a subsidiary of OmniaMed Communications Limited. All rights reserved. Any distribution or duplication of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited. Oxbridge Solutions receives funding from advertising but maintains editorial independence.