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J R Soc Med. 1985 January; 78(1): 39–42.
PMCID: PMC1289543

Nutritional status of patients with leg ulcers.


A group of 30 consecutive patients from a leg ulcer clinic were compared with age- and sex-matched controls in respect of 11 indices which may reflect nutritional deficiency. Twenty-one controls and 23 patients showed a total of 92 abnormalities, of which 48 were classified as severe. Mean indices were not significantly different in the two groups apart from a lower haemoglobin in patients and raised serum ferritin in controls.

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