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Living With a Spinal Cord Injury - Pressure Sores

Treating pressure sores

General treatment for pressure sores is to keep the area dry and clean, eat well, and reduce pressure. All pressure sores need to be treated early. If a sore progresses to stage 3 or 4 camera.gif, it is hard to treat and can lead to serious complications. Specific treatment depends on the stage of the pressure sore.

For more information on treatment, see the topic Pressure Sores.

Note: Pressure sores can trigger autonomic dysreflexia, which causes sudden very high blood pressure and headaches. If not treated promptly and correctly, it may lead to seizures, stroke, and even death. These complications are rare, but it is important to know the symptoms and watch for them.

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Last Updated: May 07, 2013
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