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Pressure Sores

Pressure Sores

Early-stage and late-stage pressure sores

Pressure sores develop when constant pressure on an area of skin reduces blood supply to the skin and nearby tissue. Pressure sores can range from mild reddening of the skin (early stage) to severe tissue damage that extends through the skin and soft tissue and into the bone (late stage).

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Margaret Doucette, DO - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Wound Care, Hyperbaric Medicine
Last Revised February 22, 2013

Last Revised: February 22, 2013

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Margaret Doucette, DO - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Wound Care, Hyperbaric Medicine

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