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Clin Diabetes. 2019 Oct;37(4):352-356. doi: 10.2337/cd18-0066.

Neuropathy May Be an Independent Risk Factor for Amputation After Lower-Extremity Burn in Adults With Diabetes.

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Department of Surgery, Division of Burn Surgery, University of California Davis, Sacramento, CA.

Abstract

IN BRIEF Treatment of lower-extremity burn injuries in adults with diabetes can be complex, and some diabetes-related factors can lead to impaired healing of such wounds, putting patients at risk of amputation. In this retrospective review of adult patients with lower-extremity burns, patients with pre-injury neuropathy and higher A1C levels were more likely to require amputations after their burn injury. The authors conclude that lower-extremity burn injuries in patients with diabetes require close follow-up and possibly referral to a burn specialist for interventions and treatment strategies to offset more serious complications.

PMID:
31660008
PMCID:
PMC6794228
[Available on 2020-10-01]
DOI:
10.2337/cd18-0066

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