Title

Surgical Management of Diabetic Foot Infections and Amputations.

Publication/Presentation Date

5-1-2008

Abstract

The incidence of diabetes with severe foot infections (eg, necrotizing fasciitis, gas gangrene, ascending cellulitis, infection with systemic toxicity or metabolic instability) has risen significantly during the past decade. Foot infections are a major cause of hospitalization and subsequent lower extremity amputation among patients with diabetes mellitus who have a history of a preexisting ulceration. Surgical management often is required to address severe diabetic foot infections because they can be limb- or life-threatening. Critical limb ischemia, neuropathy, and an immunocompromised host, which often are associated with diabetic foot infections, complicate treatment and are associated with a poorer prognosis.

Volume

87

Issue

5

First Page

935

Last Page

946

ISSN

0001-2092

Disciplines

Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism | Other Medical Specialties | Surgery

PubMedID

18512303

Department(s)

Department of Surgery

Document Type

Article