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Pressure Sores


Pictures of early-stage and late-stage pressure sores

Pressure sores develop when constant pressure on an area of skin reduces blood supply to the skin and nearby tissue. Pressure sores can range from mild reddening of the skin (early stage) to severe tissue damage that extends through the skin and soft tissue, and into the bone (late stage).

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerMargaret Doucette, DO - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Wound Care, Hyperbaric Medicine
Last RevisedFebruary 15, 2011

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