Ultrasonography Detects Deep Tissue Injuries in the Subcutaneous Layers of the Buttocks Following Spinal Cord Injury Journal Articles uri icon

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  • Background: Ultrasonography may have potential as an effective diagnostic tool for deep tissue injury (DTI) in tissues overlying bony prominences that are vulnerable when under sustained loading in sitting. Methods: Three cases of DTI in the fat and muscle layers overlying the ischial tuberosity of the pelvis in 3 persons with spinal cord injury (SCI) with different medical histories and abnormal tissue signs are described. Conclusion: There is a need for prospective studies using a reliable standardized ultrasonography protocol to diagnose DTI and to follow its natural history to determine its association with the development of pressure injuries.


  • Swaine, Jillian M
  • Breidahl, William
  • Bader, DL
  • Oomens, CWJ
  • O'Loughlin, Edmond
  • Santamaria, Nick
  • Stacey, Michael

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  • September 2018