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Postsurgical diabetic foot ulcer ups kidney transplant failure risk

UK researchers used a cohort of 235 adults with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, who also had diabetic neuropathy and diabetic kidney disease before surgery, and found that a postoperative diabetic foot ulcer was tied to a fivefold increased likelihood of a transplant failure among those who had a kidney-only transplantation, compared with those without a DFU. The findings, presented at the American Diabetes Association annual meeting, showed that 29% of type 1 diabetes patients who had a kidney-only transplant had postoperative DFU, compared with 10% of type 2 diabetes patients.

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