What is the prevalence of malignant transformation 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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The actual rate for malignant transformation of a pressure injury is not known but can be assumed to be low, in that only 18 cases have been described in the literature to date. Although apparently rare, pressure ulcer carcinoma is highly lethal: 12 of the 18 known patients died within 2 years.


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