Recurrence of initial pressure ulcer in persons with spinal cord injuries.

Z. B. Niazi, C. A. Salzberg, D. W. Byrne, M. Viehbeck

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Abstract

Whether treated with surgery or by conservative, nonsurgical measures, pressure ulcers recur in 5% to 91% of spinal cord injured (SCI) patients. Factors other than the surgical technique used or the standard conservative management provided may be responsible. A retrospective study of 176 SCI patients with a history of one or more pressure ulcers was conducted at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center at Castle Point, N.Y. Approximately 35% of patients who received either surgical or nonsurgical treatment had a recurrence. Patients who smoked and patients with diabetes or cardiovascular disease had higher recurrence rates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-42
Number of pages5
JournalAdvances in wound care : the journal for prevention and healing
Volume10
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

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