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Pressure Injury

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What is a pressure injury?

A pressure injury is an injury to the skin and tissue under the skin. A pressure injury is also called a pressure sore, bedsore, wound, or decubitus ulcer. Pressure injuries can form over any area but are most common on the back, buttocks, hips, and heels. Pressure injuries can also happen in your mouth.

What causes pressure injuries?

What increases my risk for a pressure injury?

What are the stages of a pressure injury?

How is a pressure injury diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask about your pressure injury and examine you. Tell him or her when your pressure injury started and if it is getting bigger or changing color. He or she may ask if you have pain or numbness over any bony areas. Tell him or her how you care for your skin at home. You may need a sample of tissue or fluid, blood tests, or an MRI to check for infection. Do not enter the MRI room with anything metal. Metal can cause serious injury. Tell the healthcare provider if you have any metal in or on your body.

How is a pressure injury treated?

You may need any of the following treatments depending on the stage of your pressure injury:

What can I do to manage my condition?

Prevent Pressure Injuries

How do I care for my skin?

When should I call my doctor or specialist?

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