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East and Central African Journal of Surgery
Association of Surgeons of East Africa and College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa
ISSN: 1024-297X
EISSN: 2073-9990
Vol. 15, No. 2, 2010, pp. 127-129
Bioline Code: js10046
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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East and Central African Journal of Surgery, Vol. 15, No. 2, 2010, pp. 127-129

 en Marjolin's Ulcer in a Spina Bifida Patient: A Case Report
Nthumba, P.M. & Bird, G.


Pressure ulcers are a frequent complication among neurologically-impaired patients, including those with spina bifida. Malignant degeneration of these pressure ulcers, known as Marjolin′s ulcers, although a rare complication, results in a virulent cancer and often death. The history of a twenty year-old spina bifida patient who presented with a longstanding sacral pressure ulcer that was found to be malignant is reported. Pressure ulcers should be thoroughly investigated at presentation, to avoid labeling malignancies ′chronic ulcers′, leading to delay in appropriate treatment.

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