Race may influence leg amputations

03/25/2013 | Yahoo

Even after accounting for differences in income, insurance and other factors, African American patients with poor leg circulation were more likely to undergo amputation than white patients, who more often had surgery to restore blood flow, according to a recent study published in JAMA Surgery. In an examination of 774,399 patients treated for poor blood flow in their legs from 2002 to 2008, a Yale University team found that amputation occurred in 56% of black patients and 35% of white patients. "It does appear that race alone is a significant factor that influences the treatment received by patients presenting with lower limb ischemia," researchers wrote.

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