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Minerva Chirurgica 2000 April;55(4):261-72

language: Italian

The diabetic foot. Physiopathology, clinical aspects and recent guidelines for treatment

Giudiceandrea F., Cervelli G., Maschio M., Migliano E., Grimaldi M., Santoro G., Cervelli V.


Diabetic foot is a complication of diabetes mellitus occurring in 15% of patients that is of specific surgical interest. Over the past few years, preventive measures and the use of new therapeutic resources has reduced the number of patients undergoing demolitive surgery. The authors present a concise but at the same time sufficiently detailed picture of modern knowledge of the physiopathology, clinical aspects and current therapeutic guidelines for diabetic foot. In particular, they analyse the validity of various forms of complementary treatment to surgery, including techniques to stimulate tissue repair processes, hyperbaric oxygen therapy and laser therapy, and they underline the importance of using a multidisciplinary approach to this pathology. To this end, they review all the articles on the subject reported on Medline from 1992 to June 1998, presenting and commenting on the most significant results.

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