Objective: Sickle cell ulcers (SCUs) are a devastating comorbidity affecting patients with sickle cell disease (SCD). SCUs form over the medial or lateral malleoli of the lower extremity, are slow to heal, and prone to recidivism. Some SCUs may never heal, leading to chronic pain and foot deformities. There is no specific and effective therapy for SCUs. Systemic deferoxamine (DFO) has been demonstrated to prevent some of the sequelae of SCD by chelating iron. In this study, we tested the ability of DFO delivered via a transdermal delivery system (DFO-TDDS) to accelerate healing in a murine model of SCU. Approach: Excisional wounds were created in a transgenic murine model of SCD expressing >99% human sickle hemoglobin, and healing rates were compared with wounds in wild-type mice. Next, excisional wounds in SCD mice were treated with DFO-TDDS, DFO injection, or left untreated. Wound closure rates, histology, and iron in the healed wounds were analyzed. Results: Wounds in SCD mice healed significantly slower than wild-type mice (***p?
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