Study examines conditions leading to amputation

12/6/2011 | McKnight's Long-Term Care News

Diabetic foot ulcers that are superficial and occur in patients with normal blood circulation who have had diabetes for a relatively short time are less likely to lead to amputation than deeper wounds in patients with long-term diabetes, a Swedish study found. "The study shows that deep infections, vascular disease, the location of the sore, male gender and other disease all increase the risk of amputation," researcher Magdalena Annersten Gershater said.

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