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Vasc Endovascular Surg. 2010 Nov;44(8):661-7. doi: 10.1177/1538574410375127. Epub 2010 Jul 30.

Diabetic limb salvage: too much of a good thing?

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The Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance, Department of Surgery, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, AZ, USA.


Diabetic foot complications exact a significant toll on patients specifically and the health care system in general. Most data suggest that limb preservation generally results in a higher quality (and quantity) of life for the patient and lower overall direct and indirect costs. However, when focusing on a specific patient, significant questions remain. The most significant being: how much effort is too much? The purpose of this manuscript is to present a case that explores this issue.

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