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Kennedy terminal ulcer: the "ah-ha!" moment and diagnosis.

@article{Schank2009KennedyTU,
  title={Kennedy terminal ulcer: the "ah-ha!" moment and diagnosis.},
  author={Joy E. Schank},
  journal={Ostomy/wound management},
  year={2009},
  volume={55 9},
  pages={
          40-4
        }
}
  • J. Schank
  • Published 15 September 2009
  • Medicine
  • Ostomy/wound management
The Kennedy Terminal Ulcer (KTU) is an unavoidable skin breakdown or skin failure that occurs as part of the dying process. Research is limited but the literature suggests that KTUs are typically pear-shaped, red/yellow/black, similar in appearance to an abrasion, and tend to occur suddenly in the sacral/coccygeal region not long before death. In this case study, one resident of a long-term care facility suddenly developed a full-thickness ulcer. The ulcer did not respond to treatment and the… 

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