Never Amputate a Patient With Diabetes Without Consulting With a Specialized Unit

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Abstract

This study presents a case report of a patient who underwent a severe infection following revascularization because dry necrosis became infected. A major amputation had been indicated because the infection did not respond to antibiotics and advanced wound care with topical negative pressure wound therapy with silver. The patient did not accept the major amputation and attended the authors’ specialized unit. Persistent osteomyelitis was diagnosed with a simple X-ray, a cheap tool. Local surgery, antibiotics, appropriate wound care, and split-skin grafting achieved limb salvage in 12 weeks in this patient who had been scheduled for major amputation. Major amputation in patients with an infected foot can sometimes be avoided by correct diagnosis of infection and managing appropriately with specialized support.

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