J Korean Soc Plast Reconstr Surg.  2002 Jan;29(1):35-39.

The Psychological Aspects of Spinal Cord Injury Patients with Pressure Sore

  • 1Department of Plastic Surgery, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea. jinky-song@hanmail.net
  • 2Department of Psychology, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea.


The occurrence of pressure sore is an important problem for persons with spinal cord injury. Spinal cord injury patients suffer from pressure sore and psychological problems, but surgeons have mainly focused on wound not psychological problems. Pressure sore is almost accompanied by spinal cord injury. Surgeons should be interested in both surgery and psychological problems because of rapid recovery and good results. The purpose of this survey is to compare the patients with normal control in psychological aspects and to help the patients with proper treatment and rehabilitation. The authors used SCL-90-R(Symptom Checklist-90- Revision) for 56 spinal cord injury patients with pressure sore and 56 normal control. The results is that significant differences were found on the somatization, depression, anxiety, phobic anxiety subscales. This is considered that psychological chronic pain disorder, depressive disorder and anxiety disorder, so it will be effective that psychological supportive treatment, antidepressants and antianxiety drug for spinal cord injury patients with pressure sore.


Spinal cord injury; Pressure sore; Psychological aspects; SCL-90-R(Symptom Checklist-90-Revision)

MeSH Terms

Antidepressive Agents
Anxiety Disorders
Chronic Pain
Depressive Disorder
Pressure Ulcer*
Spinal Cord Injuries*
Spinal Cord*
Wounds and Injuries
Antidepressive Agents
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