Key points

• Limb compression is the mainstay of therapy for venous leg ulcers and several studies have shown that compression offers a clear benefit over no compression.

• Pentoxifylline as an adjuvant therapy to limb compression has been shown to increase the likelihood of healing.

• Skin equivalents as an adjuvant therapy to limb compression are associated with an increased likelihood of healing.

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