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Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
On-line version ISSN 1806-4841
FREIR, Bruna Malburg; FERNANDES, Nurimar Conceição and PINEIRO-MACEIRA, Juan. Martorell's hypertensive ulcer: case report. An. Bras. Dermatol. [online]. 2006, vol.81, suppl.3, pp.S327-S331. ISSN 1806-4841. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0365-05962006000900018.
Martorell's hypertensive ulcer is a painful lower extremity ischemic ulcer, with female-to-male predominance and associated to severe systemic arterial hypertension. We describe a case of a 56 years-old black man with long standing and poorly controlled arterial hypertension who presented a large ulcer on the right calf, whose pain was improved with morphine, peridural blockages and lumbar sympathectomy. The diagnosis was based on systemic arterial hypertension, palpable arterial pulses of lower extremities, absence of venous insufficiency and presence of intense pain. Cutaneous histopathology revealed characteristic lesions in the arterioles, such as thickening of intimal layer and narrowing of the lumen.
Keywords : Hypertension; Leg ulcer; Skin ulcer.