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Management of the diabetic foot

  • L. Claeys
Conference paper

Abstract

Diabetes mellitus affects about 2–5% of the general population and nearly 50% of the affected population is unaware of the presence of the illness [14,24]. The most important complication is the development of ulcers/gangrene of the foot. This occurs in about 10% of all elderly diabetic patients [12]. The ageadjusted rate of lower limb amputations is approximately 10–15 times that of patients without diabetes [19]. A perioperative mortality rate as high as 25% and a poor survival after amputation, with only 50% alive after 3 years indicates that the management of these patients is an enormous health care problem [3].

Keywords

Pulse Wave Velocity Sympathetic Denervation Diabetic Polyneuropathy Small Fiber Neuropathy Lower Limb Amputation 
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© Dr. Dietrich Steinkopff Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, Darmstadt 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Claeys
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of General and Vascular SurgeryGeneral Hospital Cologne-Porz, Academic Teaching Hospital of the University of CologneCologneGermany

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