The validity and reliability of diagnosing foot ulcers and pre-ulcerative lesions in diabetes using advanced digital photography; Report
from Vision Systems
Foot ulceration represents a significant problem in patients with diabetes mellitus. The yearly incidence rate in the overall population with diabetes is 2.2 percent and in those patients with peripheral neuropathy 5.0-7.5 percent. Foot ulcers can lead to infection and, eventually, amputation with 85 percent of all non-traumatic lower limb amputations being preceded by a foot ulcer. The economic burden of diabetic foot ulceration and its sequel is substantial. For this reason, adequate treatment and, preferably, prevention of foot ulcers are of paramount importance in order to reduce this large patient and economic burden.
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