Early and Sequential Punch Grafting in the Spectrum of Arteriolopathy Ulcers in the Elderly

Wounds. 2020 Aug;32(8):E38-E41.


Introduction: Posttraumatic ulcers secondary to age-related arteriolosclerosis may be included in the clinic-histopathological spectrum of the Martorell hypertensive ischemic ulcer. Histologically, they both present occlusive subcutaneous arteriolosclerosis. Considering these similarities, they could benefit from the same treatment.

Case report: The authors present an 84-year-old white female who had a painful 9-cm x 4-cm ulcer of the central inner aspect of her left leg. The ulcer had developed 2 months prior after mild trauma, with good response to early and sequential punch grafting, combined with single-use negative pressure wound therapy and compression therapy. Pain reduction was obtained from the first punch grafting session. To achieve complete epithelialization 16 weeks after the first punch grafting procedure, 2 more sessions were necessary.

Conclusions: Early punch grafting is an effective technique for pain control and healing promotion in Martorell ulcers. Punch grafting, which may be performed in an outpatient setting, is well tolerated by patients and may be repeated several times if necessary.