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Question on diabetic neuropathy--is that the reason for amputations, and why?
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In brief: ONE REASON
With neuropathy, a person cannot feel their foot.
An ulcer can develop or they can step on something like a nail, and not know it. The ulcer or puncture wound evolves into an infection, perhaps requiring an amputation as a last resort.

In brief: ONE REASON
With neuropathy, a person cannot feel their foot.
An ulcer can develop or they can step on something like a nail, and not know it. The ulcer or puncture wound evolves into an infection, perhaps requiring an amputation as a last resort.
Dr. Darrell Latva
Dr. Darrell Latva
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Dr. Melissa Young
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Partly
People with neuropathy get small injuries and don't notice.
They get infected and due to also having poor circulation, don't heal we'll.

In brief: Partly
People with neuropathy get small injuries and don't notice.
They get infected and due to also having poor circulation, don't heal we'll.
Dr. Melissa Young
Dr. Melissa Young
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Dr. Steven Saunders
Internal Medicine
In brief: Amputations
Amputations are done to remove dead or very sick infected tissue that may lead to mere serious systemic infection and life threatening illness.
In diabetics neuropathy may not allow an individual to feel an injury or wound which may become seriously infected and spread. Poor circulation and healing likely contribute to worsening infection tissue death and may lead to decision to amputate.

In brief: Amputations
Amputations are done to remove dead or very sick infected tissue that may lead to mere serious systemic infection and life threatening illness.
In diabetics neuropathy may not allow an individual to feel an injury or wound which may become seriously infected and spread. Poor circulation and healing likely contribute to worsening infection tissue death and may lead to decision to amputate.
Dr. Steven Saunders
Dr. Steven Saunders
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