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Elimination of a pressure ulcer with electrical stimulation--a case study.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18616047     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Pressure ulcers, also called decubitus ulcers, are a common challenge of humanity and are exceptionally difficult to heal. They are wounds that are initiated by relatively short periods of pressure on the skin that blocks blood circulation causing the skin and underlying tissues to die, leading to an open wound. Pressure release can prevent further tissue degeneration, and some ulcers heal and disappear by themselves. However, many pressure ulcers never heal and continue to grow in diameter and depth. By one year, such unhealing ulcers are referred to as chronic ulcers. Chronic ulcers frequently jeopardize the life of the patient due to infections that become increasingly deep until they invade bones and the circulatory system. We report on a patient with a chronic pressure ulcer at his coccyx prominence. Fourteen months after the ulcer had appeared, a surface pulse electromagnetic force (PEMF) stimulator was applied over T7-T8, 45 cm cephalic to the ulcer, as part of a nerve stimulation study. Although the ulcer had continued to grow both in diameter and depth for 14 months and showed no signs of healing, within 6 days of applying the PEMF stimulator, the ulcer began to heal and was fully eliminated after 3 months. We concluded that the electrical stimulation induced the healing of the pressure ulcer. The ulcer elimination is quite surprising due to the exceptionally low electric field-force being generated by the stimulator at a distance of 45 cm.
Ivan J Sosa; Onix Reyes; Damien P Kuffler
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Puerto Rico health sciences journal     Volume:  27     ISSN:  0738-0658     ISO Abbreviation:  P R Health Sci J     Publication Date:  2008 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-07-11     Completed Date:  2008-10-17     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8303541     Medline TA:  P R Health Sci J     Country:  Puerto Rico    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  175-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Section of Neurological Surgery, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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MeSH Terms
Electric Stimulation*
Pressure Ulcer / therapy*
Remission Induction

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