Reconstruction of ischial pressure ulcers by skin expansion

Gaetano Esposito, Pasquale Ziccardi, Giovanni Di Caprio, Nicolo' Scuderi

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Ten patients, eight of whom were paraplegic, have had ischial pressure ulcers treated by skin expansion. Skin expanders 680 ml in size were inserted subcutaneously on the posterior aspect of the thigh. They were filled during a short period without complications, the filling being monitored with a cutaneous tonometer. At a second operation the ulcers were repaired easily with the expanded flaps. After a few weeks the patients were able to undergo a programme of rehabilitation that included sitting with the expanded flaps. No ulcers recurred during a median follow-up of 12 months (range 8-34).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-136
Number of pages4
JournalScandinavian Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Hand Surgery
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1993


  • Cutaneous tonometry
  • Ischial pressure ulcers
  • Rehabilitation
  • Skin expansion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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