Decubitus Ulcers

  • Panayiotis D. Tsitouras
Part of the Contemporary Geriatric Medicine book series (COGM, volume 3)


Decubitus ulcer in the term used to describe the skin breakdown that develops, almost exclusively, in immobilized patients. Decubitus, in Latin, means “lying down.” Not all such ulcers, however, are found in bedbound patients. Many develop in patients suffering from other forms of immobilization (e.g., wheelchair-bound), which cause the application of prolonged pressure on specific areas of the skin. Therefore, the terms pressure sores orulcers may more accurately describe this entity. Another, commonly used, term is bedsores.


Pressure Ulcer Decubitus Ulcer Ischial Tuberosity Pressure Relief Silver Sulfadiazine 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Panayiotis D. Tsitouras
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology, Department of Medicine, and Center for Aging and Adult DevelopmentNew York Medical CollegeValhallaUSA
  2. 2.Department of MedicineMetropolitan HospitalNew YorkUSA

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