Preservation of the Compromised Foot in Diabetic Nephropathy
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Lower limb amputation is an ever-present fear for the diabetic patient. Levine has stated that 10% of all hospitalizations for diabetics are caused by infection, and that 25% of these involve the foot . Should amputation of a lower extremity be performed, 42% of diabetics will lose their contralateral limb within two years, and 56% within three to five years .
KeywordsDiabetic Nephropathy Metatarsal Head Total Lymphocyte Count Protein Energy Malnutrition Lower Limb Amputation
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