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What Causes Swelling In The Tail Bone Area Of An Elderly Person?

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Posted on Wed, 29 Jun 2016
Question: My 96-year-old mother has swelling in the area of her tailbone extending to the bottom of her buttocks. She also has a stage 1 pressure ulcer near her tailbone. Possible cause and treatment?
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Answered by Dr. Aashish Raghu (33 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Needs dressing, possible skin graft. Caused dude to prolonged lying down

Detailed Answer:
Hi there.

Thanks for the query.

This could be due to dependent oedema or swelling in the buttock region due to constant sitting or lying down.

She needs to change position and lie in her sides every 2 hours. Application of talcum powder and spirit wash needs to be given to the skin. Site needs to lie on naked foam. To prevent sweat accumulation and skin maceration.

The pressure sore will. Need regular dressing and possibly a skin graft if not healing in few weeks. This call needs to be taken by a plastic surgeon.

I hope I have answered your query.

I will be available to answer your follow up queries.

Regards,

Dr. Aashish Raghu
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Deepak
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Follow up: Dr. Aashish Raghu (20 minutes later)
Where can spirit wash be purchased? What kind of foam? Is a foam mattress topper recommended?
Also, what kind of dressing should be used for pressure ulcer?
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Answered by Dr. Aashish Raghu (5 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Spirit wash from pharmacy, foam blocks from mattress, dressing by surgeon

Detailed Answer:
Dressing done by a surgeon is recommended for the pressure sore. It involves using Betadine, Hydrogen peroxide, saline.

Soft recoiling foam blocks as present in mattresses will suffice.

Plain surgical spirit can be purchased from the pharmacy.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Naveen Kumar
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What Causes Swelling In The Tail Bone Area Of An Elderly Person?

Brief Answer: Needs dressing, possible skin graft. Caused dude to prolonged lying down Detailed Answer: Hi there. Thanks for the query. This could be due to dependent oedema or swelling in the buttock region due to constant sitting or lying down. She needs to change position and lie in her sides every 2 hours. Application of talcum powder and spirit wash needs to be given to the skin. Site needs to lie on naked foam. To prevent sweat accumulation and skin maceration. The pressure sore will. Need regular dressing and possibly a skin graft if not healing in few weeks. This call needs to be taken by a plastic surgeon. I hope I have answered your query. I will be available to answer your follow up queries. Regards, Dr. Aashish Raghu