Study proposes new risk score to predict amputation

The severity of diabetes mandates vigilance against risk factors for amputation and a new study in Diabetes Care devises a new risk score to further physicians’ efforts at preventing complications. The study focused on 575 patients with infected diabetic foot ulcers, 28 percent of whom went on to amputation. The authors validated the prognostic value of the International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot and also developed a new risk score for physicians to use in practice, one for any amputation and one for amputations excluding the lesser toes.

The severity of diabetes mandates vigilance against risk factors for amputation and a new study in Diabetes Care devises a new risk score to further physicians’ efforts at preventing complications. The study focused on 575 patients with infected diabetic foot ulcers, 28 percent of whom went on to amputation. The authors validated the prognostic value of the International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot and also developed a new risk score for physicians to use in practice, one for any amputation and one for amputations excluding the lesser toes.

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Study proposes new risk score to predict amputation