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how do pressure ulcers form?

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Dr. George T Tsai
26 years experience General Surgery
Multifactorial: Pressure ulcers are rare, though possible in the young - as in a 10 hour back surgery. It is more common in the elderly / infirmed with issues like stroke related paralysis/paresis, cachexia, metabolic problems like diabetes and chronic illness like kidney disease. Add prolonged pressure to the above, even healthy looking tissue will breakdown and not heal properly.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013
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