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gravitational ulcer


Definition: a chronic ulcer of the leg with impaired healing due to the dependent position of the extremity and incompetence of the valves in the deep venous system of the leg and thigh; venous return stagnates and creates hypoxemia.

See Also: varicose ulcer

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