Stasis dermatitis and ulcers

Alternative Names

Venous stasis ulcers; Ulcers – venous

Definition of Stasis dermatitis and ulcers

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

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.

Signs and tests

The diagnosis is primarily based on the appearance of the skin. Your doctor may order tests to examine the blood flow in your legs.


The condition that is causing the problem and swelling must be controlled. Treatments may include:

Expectations (prognosis)

Stasis dermatitis is often a long-term (chronic) condition. You may minimize symptoms by controlling the condition and swelling.


Kevin Berman, MD, PhD, Atlanta Center for Dermatologic Disease, Atlanta, GA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 10/11/2008

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