Pressure sores

Am Fam Physician. 1983 Sep;28(3):135-9.


Pressure, hygiene, spasticity and chronic infection are the important local factors in pressure ulceration. Hypoproteinemia, nutritional deficiency and anemia are the systemic factors. Careful attention to local wound care and dietary supplements is required. Muscle and myocutaneous flaps may provide better coverage than the traditional random pattern flaps. Flaps with sensibility have theoretic advantages but need further investigation.

MeSH terms

  • Bacterial Infections / complications
  • Bacterial Infections / drug therapy
  • Contracture / complications
  • Humans
  • Muscle Spasticity / complications
  • Nutrition Disorders / complications
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Pressure / adverse effects
  • Pressure Ulcer / complications
  • Pressure Ulcer / etiology
  • Pressure Ulcer / therapy*
  • Skin / innervation
  • Surgical Flaps