Why are patients with spinal cord injury (SCI) at increased risk of pressure injuries (pressure ulcers)?

Updated: Mar 26, 2020
  • Author: Christian N Kirman, MD; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, MSc, DSc, AGAF  more...
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A study of the prevalence of pressure injuries  in community residents with SCI demonstrated that those with higher-level SCI lesions carry a greater risk of developing pressure injuries than those with lower-level lesions do. [44] Of 100 patients with pressure injuries, 33 had injuries that were classified as stage 2 or greater. Black patients had more severe injuries than other racial groups did.


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