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a popular term for any lesion of the skin or mucous membrane.
bed sore popular term for pressure ulcer.
cold s's herpes febrilis.
desert sore a form of tropical phagedenic ulcer seen in desert areas of Africa, Australia, and the Middle East.
pressure sore pressure ulcer.
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de·cu·bi·tus ul·cer

a chronic ulcer that appears in pressure areas of skin overlying a bony prominence in debilitated patients confined to bed or otherwise immobilized, due to a circulatory defect.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

de·cu·bi·tus ul·cer

(dē-kyū'bi-tŭs ŭl'sĕr)
Focal ischemic necrosis of skin and underlying tissues at sites of constant tissue pressure, recurring friction, and inadequate perfusion in patients confined to bed or immobilized by illness; malnutrition worsens the prognosis.
See: decubitus
Synonym(s): bedsore, bed sore, pressure sore, pressure ulcer.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012


1. Tender; painful.
2. Any type of tender or painful ulcer or lesion of the skin or mucous membrane.

bed sore

Pressure ulcer

canker sore

Aphthous ulcer.

cold sore

A thin-walled blister at the junction of the mucous membranes of the mouth and lips. It is caused by recurrent infection with herpes simplex virus (HSV) in those who have antibodies to HSV. Treatment is recommended only for immunocompromised patients, who are given acyclovir.
See: fever blister

Delhi sore

Cutaneous leishmaniasis.

desert sore

An ulcer of the skin of the arms or legs, sometimes caused by diphtheria or staphylococci, typically contracted in Australia or Burma.

hard sore

A syphilitic chancre; primary lesion of syphilis.

jungle sore

Infection of the skin or of poorly tended wounds by Corynebacterium diphtheriae, esp. in warm, moist, tropical climates.

Oriental sore

Cutaneous leishmaniasis.
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pressure sore

Pressure ulcer.illustration

primary sore

The initial sore or hard chancre of syphilis.

soft sore


soft venereal sore

A former name for

tropical sore

Cutaneous leishmaniasis.

wine sore

A slang term for a superficial infected area of the skin seen in alcoholics with poor personal hygiene. It is erroneously thought to be due to specific action of the wine.
Medical Dictionary, © 2009 Farlex and Partners

de·cu·bi·tus ul·cer

(dē-kyū'bi-tŭs ŭl'sĕr)
Focal ischemic necrosis of skin and underlying tissues at sites of pressure or friction in patients confined to bed or immobilized by illness; malnutrition worsens prognosis.
Synonym(s): bedsore, bed sore, pressure sore, pressure ulcer.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about pressure sore

Q. I ask a client's Dr. to script flexaril for a lower back spasm and he made it for a drug called zanaflex? I am unfamiliar with zanaflex, what is the difference between it and flexaril 25mg? Benefits? Risks? I got him to order the air mattress and extended bed because client is 6'3" and is already bedridden on my 1st day..try to beat the skin breakdown, already stage I decubitis ulcers. I tried to talk the client into slideboard and lift away arm wheelchair...noway..he wants to walk bent with a rolling walker. He already had a lift chair delivered, so he just goes from bed to lift chair. He refuses to let me bathe him. He can't see, and he has me check his draw up on insulin to make sure it's right. He sends the P.T. man right back out the door after he signs the sheet. Difficult pt.!

A. Flexeril and Zanaflex are different drugs but are both muscle relaxants. There are hardly any differences between the two, clinically wise. If the doctor thought one is better than the other for your client I would suggest you take his advice and use the one he gave you.

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An award of PS40,000 was made to a 55-year-old man who developed grade four pressure sores on his sacrum, heels and the back of his head.
Ideally, the best way to deal with pressure sores is to avoid them.
[sup][4] first described a gluteal perforator flap for repairing sacral pressure sores. Then, Verpaele et al .
The outcome of pressure sore management depends upon the underlying pathology leading to paraplegia, age, nutritional status, general nursing care and motivation of the patient.
Between September 2008 and September 2010, we treated 10 patients (7 males, 3 females) with sacral pressure sores with a unilateral pedicled SGAP fasciocutaneous flap.
In period D (6 mattresses, turning team and pressure sore protocol) 42 patients were managed.
Pressure sores are increasingly common in hospitalized patients in the United States with a 63% increase from 1993 to 2003; the mean length of stay specifically for pressures sores was 13 days, with a cost of approximately $38,000 (Russo & Elixhauser, 2006).
The risk-adjusted EB CIs flagged 87 facilities on the restraints QM and 59 facilities on the low-risk incontinence QM, whereas fewer than 20 facilities (5 percent) were flagged on the bedfast, indwelling catheter, high- and low-risk pressure sore, UTI, and weight loss QMs.
If unfavourable interface conditions are prolonged, cell necrosis will follow, leading to local tissue breakdown and the development of pressure sores. Prolonged ischaemia reperfusion may also promote tissue damage [5], possibly due to the production of oxygen-derived free radicals [6].
While in the overall sample no other diagnosis came close to the frequency of pressure sores and urinary tract infections, there still were some patterns that emerged when study participants were grouped by injury severity, age, and duration of injury.
[] Caring for the pressure sore by cleaning the wound, removing dead tissue and debris, and dressing or bandaging the area to protect it while it heals.
NHS data from 2015 estimated that up to 95% of pressure sores are avoidable.