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A closer look at mortality after lower extremity amputation

from Podiatry Today

Are we saving lives by preventing major amputation? Does major amputation hasten death in patients with diabetes in comparison to limb salvage? Currently, it is evident that ulceration and amputation are associated with increased mortality. Five-year mortality following a first-time ulceration is approximately 40 percent in patients with diabetes and ranges from 52 to 80 percent after major amputation. more

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