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Pressure sore in a elderly patient. Grade III sacral pressure sore in a 70-yaer-old woman, in the region of the sacrum at the base of the spine, on the patient's buttocks. 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 can take a very long time to heal. Prevention of pressure sores is easier than curing them.
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