ISSN: 1301-2193 E-ISSN: 1308-9846
  • Turkish Journal of
    Endocrinology and Metabolism
ORIGINAL ARTICLE

Decreased Lower Extremity Amputation Rate in Patients with Diabetes Mellitus : A Comparative and Retrospective Study - Original Article
Decreased Lower Extremity Amputation Rate in Patients with Diabetes Mellitus : A Comparative and Retrospective Study - Original Article
Makale Dili: EN
ABSTRACT

Summary

Foot lesions area common cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with diabetes mellitus. They also present some economic problems. The gold standard for selecting the appropriate therapy for a diabetic foot patient is the diabetic foot team conference, ideally supported by all relevant specialities. Far too often, this ideal is not achieved.
The aim of this study is to evaluate clinical, epidemiological and economic characteristics of diabetic patients with 75 foot problems hospitalised in our Department, Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, Atatürk University during the last 10 years. We divided our practice into two stages: 1 from 1990 to 1997, in which a single discipline approach was used; 2 from 1997 to 2000, in which a multidisciplinary approach was selected.
Our results suggest that a multidisciplinary approach will decrease amputation rate.
Keywords: Diabetes mellitus, chronic complications, diabetic foot, mul tidisciplinary approach

ÖZET

Summary

Foot lesions area common cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with diabetes mellitus. They also present some economic problems. The gold standard for selecting the appropriate therapy for a diabetic foot patient is the diabetic foot team conference, ideally supported by all relevant specialities. Far too often, this ideal is not achieved.
The aim of this study is to evaluate clinical, epidemiological and economic characteristics of diabetic patients with 75 foot problems hospitalised in our Department, Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, Atatürk University during the last 10 years. We divided our practice into two stages: 1 from 1990 to 1997, in which a single discipline approach was used; 2 from 1997 to 2000, in which a multidisciplinary approach was selected.
Our results suggest that a multidisciplinary approach will decrease amputation rate.
Keywords: Diabetes mellitus, chronic complications, diabetic foot, mul tidisciplinary approach