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Acta Vulnologica 2006 December;4(4):153-61

language: Italian

Diabetes mellitus and pressure sores: interactions and strategies

Gallo M. 1, Furlini S. 2, Somà K. 3

1 Endocrinologia Oncologica D.U. Ospedale Molinette, Torino
2 Medico di Medicina Generale ASL 7 Volpiano, Torino
3 Servizio di Cure Domiciliari ASL 7 Volpiano, Torino


Many studies relate diabetes to delayed wound healing. Diabetic patients are particularly frail and difficult to manage, due to their higher predisposition to infections. Immobilization syndrome resulting from protracted staying in bed accounts for an increased risk of developing pressure sores, irrespective of metabolic impairment. If two fundamental elements establishing skin lesions are present at the same time, such as diabetes and staying in bed, planned and well organized health care interventions are required. Multidisciplinary team plays a pivotal role with this particular group of patients. This review focuses on the most important studies relating diabetes to pressure sores.

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