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How often do diabetic ulcers actually lead to amputation?

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Dr. Khurram Khan
Wound care
3 doctors agree

In brief: Multiple factors

The lifetime risk used to be 15% of diabetics would develop an ulcer and of those 15% would go on to amputation but that number has been steadily increasing to 20-25% of ulcers lead to amputation.
Multiple factors include infection, circulation, kidney status, and ability to take pressure off the area, sugar control just to name a few.

In brief: Multiple factors

The lifetime risk used to be 15% of diabetics would develop an ulcer and of those 15% would go on to amputation but that number has been steadily increasing to 20-25% of ulcers lead to amputation.
Multiple factors include infection, circulation, kidney status, and ability to take pressure off the area, sugar control just to name a few.
Dr. Khurram Khan
Dr. Khurram Khan
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Dr. Adam Ringler
Podiatry

In brief: Diabetic ulcer

Diabetic ulcers are usually seen the patient does have poor circulation and poor sensation.
Amputation is usually seen either due to poor circulation in which no blood is getting down to the extremity or by infection which has spread and is no longer considered curable or treatable with IV antibiotics.

In brief: Diabetic ulcer

Diabetic ulcers are usually seen the patient does have poor circulation and poor sensation.
Amputation is usually seen either due to poor circulation in which no blood is getting down to the extremity or by infection which has spread and is no longer considered curable or treatable with IV antibiotics.
Dr. Adam Ringler
Dr. Adam Ringler
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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care

In brief: Diabetic ulcers

The results from different studies vary so there are wide ranges.
The annual incidence of ulcers in diabetics is 2.5 to just under 11%; the incidence of amputation is .25% to 1.8%. http://clinicalevidence.bmj.com/ceweb/conditions/dia/0602/0602_background.jsp.

In brief: Diabetic ulcers

The results from different studies vary so there are wide ranges.
The annual incidence of ulcers in diabetics is 2.5 to just under 11%; the incidence of amputation is .25% to 1.8%. http://clinicalevidence.bmj.com/ceweb/conditions/dia/0602/0602_background.jsp.
Dr. Scott Bolhack
Dr. Scott Bolhack
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