Use of botulinum toxin to heal atypical pressure ulcers in the palm

Anupam Datta Gupta and David H Wilson
Med J Aust 2020; 212 (2): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.50452
Published online: 3 February 2020

A 59‐year‐old woman attended our spasticity clinic with treatment‐resistant atypical pressure ulcer in the right hand caused by focal spasticity secondary to upper motor neuron lesion. She had suffered subarachnoid haemorrhage from a ruptured arteriovenous malformation and underwent craniotomy. She was deemed not suitable for structured rehabilitation due to her significant disability and was placed in a residential accommodation. The patient was using an electrical wheelchair and was requiring full assistance with her personal care. She had typical, dense post‐stroke right‐sided spastic hemiplegia. In the upper limb, she had shoulder adduction and internal rotation, elbow flexion, wrist palmar flexion with flexed fingers at the metacarpophalangeal and proximal interphalangeal joints. She had a baclofen pump that controlled her lower limb spasticity.

  • 1 Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Adelaide, SA
  • 2 University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA


We thank Barbara Brougham for her help with the editing of the manuscript.

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