Which lab tests are useful in the evaluation 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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Nutritional parameters should be evaluated to assess adequate nutritional stores needed for adequate wound healing. Useful tests include the following:

  • Albumin level - This should be optimized to at least 3.5 g/mL before flap reconstruction
  • Prealbumin level
  • Transferrin level
  • Serum protein level

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