Thursday, November 18, 2010

Cushing’s syndrome and chronic venous ulceration

From the International Wound Journal

Cushing’s syndrome is a condition caused by high levels of glucocorticoids, or most commonly as a result of prolonged exposure to exogenous steroids. Clinical features include diabetes, hypertension, obesity, skin atrophy, immune suppression and delayed wound healing. We report a patient with iatrogenic Cushing’s syndrome, in whom long-term topical steroid therapy was used to treat varicose eczema, which contributed to the development of type 2 diabetes, morbid obesity, sleep apnoea and chronic wound sepsis. In this case, repeated hospital admissions and systemic antibiotics were associated with considerable comorbidity. Aggressive local treatment, consisting of potassium permanganate soaks and irrigating gels, was highly effective in reducing the amount of exudate, pain and preventing from further deterioration of the patient’s legs.

.:: Original Article Here ::.

  1. Moushmi Biswas1,*,
  2. Owain Gibby2,
  3. Tzvetanka Ivanova-Stoilova3,
  4. Keith Harding4

 

From http://www.thewoundcareblog.com/2010/11/cushings-syndrome-and-chronic-venous-ulceration-%E2%80%93-a-clinical-challenge/