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This pilot study is designed for chronic wounds that fail to heal in a timely manner carry specific genetic signatures. These genetic signatures will be studied using debrided wound tissue that is removed by the wound care provider as part of standard of care. The reference genomic signature will be evaluated by obtaining blood samples and will be compared with wound debrided tissue genomic signature to understand wound specific genomic changes.
Condition or disease
Other: no interventions
Chronic wounds affect a large fraction of the world population and poses major threat to the public health and economy of the United States affecting 6.5 million patients. It has been estimated that approximately 2% of the population residing in developed countries, will experience at least one chronic wound during their lifetime. Current treatment options for chronic wounds are insufficient due to lack of individual specific genetic information. To improve therapy, an increase in the investigator's understanding of the genetic predisposition of individuals which result in impaired wound healing response is warranted. Information about these individual specific genetic and epigenetic regulations can altogether yield subset of repair genes which can serve as master regulators of wound healing. The effect of specific genetic information is also modified a lot by environmental epigenetic factors. Epigenetic changes have been shown to control the wound healing outcomes.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
18 Years to 70 Years (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
50 clinically diagnosed chronic wound patients will be recruited for this study.
Age ≥ 18 years
Willing to comply with protocol instructions, including all study visits and study activities.