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Can a leg ulcer cause diabetic retinopathy?

Can a leg ulcer cause diabetic retinopathy?

No: A leg ulcer will not cause diabetic retinopathy. The two are related though. A person's whose diabetic disease has progressed to the point of having a leg ulcer will also often have diabetic retinopathy. Both happen with poorly controlled diabetes. ...Read more

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Ulceration (Definition)

Exact synonym so far as this pathologist is concerned. An ulcer is a lesion on a body surface (outer or inner) in which the epithelium and at least some of the underlying connective tissue has been lost specifically to necrosis (cell death) rather than just mechanical or chemical injury. All ulcer craters ...Read more


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Can diabetic foot ulcers heal?

Can diabetic foot ulcers heal?

Yes: If cause of ulcer is properly addressed and there is adequate circulation, absence of infection, adequate health/nutrition as well as proper offloading /eliminating excessive pressure on area. ...Read more

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How are diabetic foot ulcers treated?

How are diabetic foot ulcers treated?

Multiple remedies: Wound care requires multi-discipline input for proper wound healing. There are multiple modalities and multiple strategies to get a wound closed but it takes a knowledgeable well trained specialist to know when to implement the appropriate treatment during the course of wound healing similar to a conductor leading an orchestra. ...Read more

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Can septic abortion cause diabetic ketoacidosis ?

Can septic abortion cause diabetic ketoacidosis ?

Depends: Only people with diabetes can develop diabetic ketoacidosis. If someone who already has diabetes has a septic abortion, that is, an abortion that becomes infected, they could develop the condition. Diabetic ketoacidosis is often caused by an underlying infection. ...Read more

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What diseases cause poor healing wounds (other than diabete)?

What diseases cause poor healing wounds (other than diabete)?

Many causes: Venous disease of the legs, severe infection rare (necrotising fasciitis, aids), auto immune (vasculitis, bullous pemphigoid, pyoderma gangrenosum), unrelieved pressure, arterial disease, poor protein intake, dialysis (calciphylaxis), lipodermatosclerosis, skin cancer, injected drug abuse (methamphetamine), and many less comon causes. ...Read more

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How common are diabetic foot ulcers?

How common are diabetic foot ulcers?

Very: This is very common especially in diabetics with neuropathy. Since they have no feeling in their feet, they are prone to break down. Proper shoe wear and seeing your podiatrist on a regular basis is a must! ...Read more

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What diseases cause poor healing wounds (other than diabetes)?

What diseases cause poor healing wounds (other than diabetes)?

Wounds and diseases: These are too numerous to list all of them. The most common cause of lower extremity wounds is hypertension of the veins -- venous hypertension. This is due to a problem with the blood flow in the veins as the blood tries to return to the heart. ...Read more

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In diabetic ulcers is it neuropathy or macrovascular disease that causes them? Can you get ulcers withouth macrovascular complications?

In diabetic ulcers is it neuropathy or macrovascular disease that causes them? Can you get ulcers withouth macrovascular complications?

Diabetic ulcers: There are multiple concurrent causes of an ulcer in a diabetic that include: nerve problems, blood supply problems, and healing issues. With blood supply problems they can be macrovascular (large vessels) and or microvascular (microscopic vessels). Either or both can be a factor in the complications and cause of ulcers associated with diabetics. ...Read more

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What generally prevents diabetic ulcers from healing?

What generally prevents diabetic ulcers from healing?

Many factors: The most common reason ulcers may have trouble healing: due to uncontrolled blood glucose levels, underlying infection, poor circulation, poor nutrition, too much pressure to the area, inappropriate wound care. ...Read more

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Why do Diabetic patients develop gangrene in foot?

Why do Diabetic patients develop gangrene in foot?

Ischemia: Blockage of small arteries cutting off blood supply by the diabetic process (intracapillary inflammation) ...Read more

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Do poor healing wounds often lead to diabtetes?

Do poor healing wounds often lead to diabtetes?

Symptom not cause: Diabetes is a cause of poor wound healing. Occasionally an otherwise seemingly asymptomatic case of diabetes may be discovered due to a poorly healing wound. ...Read more

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Are diabetic foot ulcers contagious?

Are diabetic foot ulcers contagious?

They are not...: Hello, Diabetic foot ulcers are not contagious and not everyone with diabetes will obtain one. With proper glucose control and timely/monitored footcare they can be avoided. The vascular and nerve status in the lower extremity are also important to prevent their formation. Shoe gear is also important for prevention. Be sure to be vigilant with any callus, cut, blister, or bruises in the feet. ...Read more

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Can diabetic neuropathy occur even if blood sugars are managed?

Can diabetic neuropathy occur even if blood sugars are managed?

Diabetic neuropathy: Yes, diabetic neuropathy can happen with managed blood sugar. However, the incident is less and so is the severity. ...Read more

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Can toe infections lead to blood poisoning in diabetic?

Can toe infections lead to blood poisoning in diabetic?

Yes: I think by blood poisoning you are referring to septicemia. Diabetics usually have worse infections than a non diabetic so they are more susceptible to a worse infectious process particularly if they are uncontrolled diabetics or if they 'didn't seek treatment right away because of not knowing they had a problem due to neuropathy. It is possible but not common. ...Read more

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Could diabetic neuropathy happen if blood sugars are managed?

Could diabetic neuropathy happen if blood sugars are managed?

Yes, but less often: Add regular low impact cardio exercise to further decrease chances of developing diabetic peripheral neuropathy (dpn). ...Read more

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Can someone without diabetes but slightly elevated blood sugar develop diabetic retinopathy?

Can someone without diabetes but slightly elevated blood sugar develop diabetic retinopathy?

Unlikely. : Usually, we would look for other causes. Sometimes anemia and other conditions can lead to a hemorrhage in the eye. On occasion, especially with another ischemic process such as high blood pressure, we can see changes in the retina that may be identical to some seen in diabetic retinopathy. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Diabetic Ulcers (Definition)

Wound on lower extremity in a patient with diabetes as the skin integrity is lacking May be associated with vascular disease If concerned about bacteria in wound usually there are more than one bacteria at play Often cuts as a result of the walking surface of the foot doesn't ...Read more


Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Ulcer (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a body membrane that impedes the normal functioning of the organ of which that membrane is a part. Ulcers are further classified by their location. Ulcers are usually caused by infections, excessive acid production, stress, ...Read more