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Is the Kennedy Terminal Ulcer Diagnosis Outdated?

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019

The term Kennedy terminal ulcer was identified by Karen Lou Kennedy-Evans.

She and her colleagues came up with the name Kennedy terminal ulcer in 1983 at the Byron Health Center in Fort Wayne, Ind.

The term specifically refers to a pear, butterfly or horseshoe-shaped wound ranging in color from red to yellow to black.

These wounds typically appear over the coccyx and sacral area of patients who are near death.

The wounds also have been noted to occur in other areas of the body, such as the heels, posterior calves, arms and elbows.

Named by Kennedy at the time, she and her colleagues formally presented their subsequent observational research on the topic, which was published in 1989. 

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