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Stasis dermatitis and ulcers

  • Definition

    Stasis dermatitis is a skin condition due to the buildup of fluid (swelling) under the skin.


    Alternative Names

    Venous stasis ulcers; Ulcers - venous


    Causes, incidence, and risk factors

    The extra fluid that builds up in the body makes it hard for the blood to feed cells and get rid of waste products. The tissue becomes poorly nourished and fragile, resulting in stasis dermatitis. The disorder is common on the ankles because there is less supportive tissue in this area.

    Poor circulation in the veins (venous insufficiency) can cause stasis dermatitis and craters (ulcers) in the skin. Varicose veins, congestive heart failure, and other conditions can cause the arms and legs to swell, especially the feet and ankles.