Slow-to-Heal Wounds Linked to Autoimmune Diseases

People with RA or lupus are at increased risk

Nearly 6.5 million Americans have wounds that take months or even years to heal. Many of these wounds are a consequence of diabetes, which damages blood vessels and interferes with normal skin repair. But new research from Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C., points to another cause: autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, and lupus.