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What is a bedsore (pressure sore, pressure ulcer, pressure sore, decubitus ulcer)?

What is a bedsore (pressure sore, pressure ulcer, pressure sore, decubitus ulcer)?

Skin wound over bone: It is an injury to skin and tissues underneath from prolonged continuous pressure on the skin. The heel, ankles, hips or buttocks are the areas most commonly affected because the skin covers the bone. Direct pressure to the skin over the bone will cause decreased blood supply and will initiate the bedsore process. ...Read more

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Decubitus (Definition)

A decubitus ulcer is a pressure sore, caused by unrelieved pressure-induced ischemic tissue death. Decubiti are most commonly seen in areas of chronic pressure (heels, buttocks, thighs, and even the back of the head) in patients who are immobilized without being turned and repositioned. These are commonly elderly, comatose, or paralyzed individuals who cannot offload ...Read more


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Is peptic ulcer painful?

Is peptic ulcer painful?

Can be: Can give you pain/ stomach upset, bleeding, anemia. Please see your doctor. You may need to see a gastroenterologist for further evaluation- i.E an endoscopy. ...Read more

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Can a leg ulcer cause diabetic retinopathy?

Can a leg ulcer cause diabetic retinopathy?

No: A leg ulcer will not cause diabetic retinopathy. The two are related though. A person's whose diabetic disease has progressed to the point of having a leg ulcer will also often have diabetic retinopathy. Both happen with poorly controlled diabetes. ...Read more

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Are black edges on venous ulcer serious?

Are black edges on venous ulcer serious?

Black ulcer: The black area is dead skin. This is not particularly common in a venous stasis ulcer, especially if it has clean. Other things to consider are diabetes, arterial inflow disease, autoimmune disorders, and calciphylaxis in a dialysis patient. ...Read more

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What generally prevents diabetic ulcers from healing?

What generally prevents diabetic ulcers from healing?

Many factors: The most common reason ulcers may have trouble healing: due to uncontrolled blood glucose levels, underlying infection, poor circulation, poor nutrition, too much pressure to the area, inappropriate wound care. ...Read more

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How are venous and arterial leg ulcers different?

How are venous and arterial leg ulcers different?

Different cause: Arterial ulcers are caused by lack of blood supply to the area, seen in diabetics with small vessel disease, venous ulcers are due to pooling and stagnation of blood as seen as in with long standing varicose veins.Varicose veins ...Read more

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Could skin tears turn into venous stasis ulcer?

Could skin tears turn into venous stasis ulcer?

Yes: Venous stasis is caused by valve problems that allow blood from deep high-pressure veins to enter low-pressure veins just under the skin. These veins enlarge, letting fluid through the walls (swelling), letting blood through (discoloration) and finally having so much back pressure that nutritious arterial blood cannot enter an area of the skin resulting in ulcers or inability to heal minor wounds. ...Read more

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Can a stom..Or duodenal ulcer cause prob.W/ bowel movements? Can her.Mesh rep.Be involved with ulcer form.?

Can a stom..Or duodenal ulcer cause prob.W/ bowel movements? Can her.Mesh rep.Be involved with ulcer form.?

Yes and NO: Ulcer usually results in loose bowel movements, diarrhea, gas and bloating. I cannot see how a hernia mesh result in the increase in stomach acid. ...Read more

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How are fascial hernias differentiated from venous aneurysm below the knee?

How are fascial hernias differentiated from venous aneurysm below the knee?

Fascial hernias: A venous aneurysm refers to a weakening in the wall of a vein and a fascial hernia is a weakening of the fascia of the leg so that muscle can push through. ...Read more

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Do compression stockings help with venous stasis ulcers?

Do compression stockings help with venous stasis ulcers?

Venous Ulcer RX: Compression is the key to treating venous stasis ulcerations. In a comprehensive wound care center, there are many different types of compression used. First, make sure that the level of compression that is being used is safe to use. Your wound care professionals will be able to assist you through this process. ...Read more

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Recurring compartment syndrome, 7 leg fasciotomies + 1 foot. Fluid pockets from fasciotomies causing recurrence again, consider amputation?

Recurring compartment syndrome, 7 leg fasciotomies + 1 foot. Fluid pockets from fasciotomies causing recurrence again, consider amputation?

I would tend : To want to avoid an amputation if possible. You need to get an answer as to why the problem reoccurs if fasciiotomies were already performed. Is this the same surgeon? Or is it being done by different surgeons? ...Read more

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Difference between gastric ulcer and gastric erosion?

The definition: Ulcer is defined as erosion greater than half a centimeter. Hope it helps. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of duodenal ulcer vs. A stomach ulcer?

What are the symptoms of duodenal ulcer vs. A stomach ulcer?

About the same: Regardless of size or location, if you really have an ulcer (found by x-ray or endoscopy) please seek doctor's advice. Even small ulcers can bleed (sometimes massively), perforate, obstruct stomach emptying. Sometimes, an ulcer can form in a cancer so to avoid this possibility it is important to make sure at least gastric ulcer actually heals. Relief of ulcer symptoms doesn't always mean healing. ...Read more

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Ulcer under foot, no significant pain. Walking normally, running etc. Could still be arterial ulcer?

Ulcer under foot, no significant pain. Walking normally, running etc. Could still be arterial ulcer?

Not likely @ your ag: Not likely due to circulation @ your age. Do you have diabetes or is there a family history of diabetes? When there is an ulcer on the bottom of the foot, without pain, usually related to diabetes or pre diabetic condition. See your doctor asap. ...Read more

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Can a stasis ulcer recur after treatment?

Yes: Yes. If the underlying venous insufficiency was not addressed then a recurrence will occur. Another reason is non-compliance with the use of compression socks/wraps. ...Read more

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Ulceration (Definition)

Exact synonym so far as this pathologist is concerned. An ulcer is a lesion on a body surface (outer or inner) in which the epithelium and at least some of the underlying connective tissue has been lost specifically to necrosis (cell death) rather than just mechanical or chemical injury. All ulcer craters ...Read more


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Ulcer (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a body membrane that impedes the normal functioning of the organ of which that membrane is a part. Ulcers are further classified by their location. Ulcers are usually caused by infections, excessive acid production, stress, ...Read more