Pressure sore in a paraplegic patient

Pressure sore in a paraplegic patient

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Credit: DR BARRY SLAVEN / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Pressure sore in a paraplegic patient. Nurse turning a paraplegic patient to reveal a stage IV sacral pressure sore with some surface necrosis. Pressure sores (decubitus ulcers) occur on people who are immobilised or bedridden. Constant pressure on an area of skin causes it to break down, leading to infection. Infected sores enlarge and deepen over time. Treatment is with antibiotic drugs and dressings, although large sores such as this may take a very long time to heal. Prevention of pressure sores is easier than curing them.

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