Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Diabetic Pressure Sore Underlying Cause

Skin ulcers form when the blood supply is decreased to a portion of the skin. Decubitus ulcers form when constant pressure against the skin reduces the blood supply. Without blood supply, the skin will not heal. Decubitus ulcers are more common in skin that lies over bones.

Boney prominences where a decubitus ulcer can form include:

  • Back
  • Buttocks
  • Elbows
  • Heels
  • Hips

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Last Updated: Aug 20, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Diabetic Pressure Sore References
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