Pressure ulcers (also known as bedsores or decubitus ulcers) are areas of localised injury to the skin and underlying tissue usually over a bony prominence, as a result of pressure, or pressure in combination with shear forces. This type of ulcer is one of the most common complications in patients with spinal cord injury. Treatment with transcutaneous electrical stimulation, and with acupuncture combined with moxibustion, have been reported to be effective for pressure ulcers.1 2 The use of electroacupuncture (EA) specifically for pressure ulcers has not been reported.3 Here, we report a case of the successful use of EA to promote wound healing of pressure ulcers.

A 42-year-old woman was admitted to our acupuncture department with a grade III pressure ulcer (4.0 cm long and 2.5 cm wide) with a wound surface area (WSA) of 7.77 cm2, measured by KP-21C (Placom Digital Planimeter, Japan) in her sacral region… Click here to read original article content.

Article Courtesy of Acupuncture in Medicine Jinhuan Yue, Qinhong Zhang, Zhongren Sun, Wei Du, Chenguang Yu