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Q In patients with chronic venous leg ulceration, is superficial venous surgery plus compression more effective than compression alone for improving healing and reducing recurrence of ulcers?
randomised controlled trial.
Follow up period:
median follow up was 14 months (range 10–23 mo), comprising time from randomisation to healing (for patients with open ulcers) and from healing to recurrence or 12 months.
3 leg ulcer clinics in Gloucestershire and north Bristol, UK.
500 patients (58% women) who had open venous ulceration (68% of patients) or recently healed (⩽6 mo) …
For correspondence: Dr J R Barwell, Department of Vascular Surgery, Cheltenham General Hospital, Cheltenham, UK.
Sources of funding: National Health Service Executive South and West Research and Development Directorate; Southmead Hospital Research Foundation; Surgical Club of the southwest of England.