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2020 Oct

Z Gerontol Geriatr



[Management of malignant wounds].


Kirchberger M C, Erfurt-Berge C
Z Gerontol Geriatr. 2020 Oct; 53(6):572-576.
PMID: 31578610.


Malignant wounds arise either primary or secondary in the context of a malignant transformation of already existing wounds. A plethora of skin tumors, such as basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma, lymphoma as well as cutaneous metastases of other malignancies can ulcerate and be the cause of malignant wounds. Ulcerating tumors or metastases of the skin can however mimic chronic wounds from other causes and remain unrecognized over a longer period. In patients with chronic ulcerations, the correct and timely diagnosis is paramount. Based on this, the stage and disease-oriented treatment should be chosen in harmony with the wishes of the patient. In addition, general measures, such as atraumatic dressing changes to reduce pain and bleeding and the use of antiseptic dressing materials to prevent bacterial colonization and associated odors should be considered.