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Venous Leg Ulcers affect around 1% of the population

Costs can rise to € 10,800 per patient37

Venous Leg Ulceration affects approximately 1% of the general population in Western Europe.27

Looking to the figures it shows up that:

  • Risk is 3 times greater in women than men.28,29
  • Incidence is higher in older patients.
  • Twelve-month recurrence rates of 26-69% have been reported.30
  • Average therapy costs can be between € 814 and € 10,800 per patient.31,37

Prevalence, annual incidence and cost of leg ulcers in Europe
(Table modified from Posnett et al. JWC, 2009; 18(4); 154-161)37

  Range Total EU
Adult population (2008) 414 million  
Population aged over 65 (2008) 84 million  
Leg Ulcers
Prevalence (adults) 0.12-0.32% 490,000 - 1.3 million
Incidence (age over 65) 1.16% (venous only) 980,000 (venous only)
Cost per episode € 2500 - € 10,800 € 6650
Indicative annual cost   € 6.5 billion (venous only)

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