What are possible complications 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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Systemic amyloidosis can result from chronic suppurative pressure injuries. Additional complications of pressure injuries include spreading cellulitis, a sinus tract abscess, septic arthritis, squamous cell carcinoma in the ulcer, a periurethral fistula, and heterotopic ossification. Because some of the secondary complications of pressure injuries can preclude wound healing, they should be aggressively prevented and treated. [62] Complications may include infection, pain, depression, and even death.


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