Vasculitis and Decubitus Pressure Ulcers

Vasculitis and decubitus ulcers are often confused for one another. Vasculitis simply means your blood vessels are inflamed. This inflammation restricts blood flow throughout the body. The restricted blood flow can have many negative effects. Specifically, decreased blood flow negatively impacts the skin. This is the link between vasculitis and decubitus ulcers (also known as pressure sores). Compromised blood flow to the skin, i.e. vasculitis, causes skin breakdown. Pressure sores (decubitus ulcers) are areas of the skin where blood flow is restricted due to unrelieved pressure. This interruption of blood flow also causes skin breakdown, which is known as a decubitus ulcer. Although very different in appearance, decubitus ulcers and vasculitic wounds are caused by the same thing; an interruption in blood flow to an area of the skin.

Is My Wound a Vasculitic Ulcer or a Decubitus Ulcer?

Vasculitis and Decubitus Ulcers

Vasculitic Wound compared to Decubitus Ulcer.

Seeing as both vasculitis wounds and decubitus ulcers are caused by a shortage of blood flow, how do

Decubitus Ulcer & Vasculitis

Decubitus ulcers are deeper than vascular wounds

you know if you have a vasculitic ulcer or a pressure ulcer? The cliche that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder is applicable here. A physician, usually a wound care doctor, will come and examine the ulcer. Is the wound raised and reddened? If so, it is probably a vasculitis based wound. Is the wound deep and necrotic? If so, it is probably a pressure sore. Are there many small wounds over a general area? This is common with vasculitic wounds. Is the wound focused on one area where pressure is commonly exerted? This is more common in decubitus ulcers.

What Do I Do if my Loved One has a Decubitus Ulcer?

Decubitus ulcers are preventable through good nursing care. If your family member developed a decubitus ulcer, you may have a hospital neglect or nursing home abuse case. Speak with a decubitus ulcer lawyer on your potential avenues of recovery. Call us at 561-316-7207 for a free decubitus ulcer wound case evaluation. 

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