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Cardiovascular autonomic diabetic neuropathy (CADN) is one of the most common diabetes-associated complications. Disturbed heart rate variability (HRV) is very often the earliest symptom, even in clinically asymptomatic patients. The following article offers a topical overview for those working or interested in the fields of diabetology and cardiology.
The diabetic Charcot foot syndrome is a serious and potentially limb-threatening lower-extremity complication of diabetes. First described in 1883, this enigmatic condition continues to challenge even the most experienced practitioners. Now considered an inflammatory syndrome, the diabetic Charcot foot is characterized by varying degrees of bone and joint(More)
OBJECTIVE There is a dearth of long-term data regarding patient and limb survival in patients with diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs). The purpose of our study was therefore to prospectively investigate the limb and person survival of DFU patients during a follow-up period of more than 10 years. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS Two hundred forty-seven patients with(More)
OBJECTIVE To estimate the impact of diabetes on mortality in patients after first major lower extremity amputation (LEA). RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS Using claims data of a nationwide statutory health insurance, we assessed all deaths in a cohort of all 444 patients with a first major LEA since 2005 (71.8% male; mean age 69.1 years; 58.3% diabetic; 43%(More)
UNLABELLED In 2004, a multidisciplinary expert panel convened at the Tucson Expert Consensus Conference (TECC) to determine appropriate use of negative pressure wound therapy as delivered by a Vacuum Assisted Closure device (V.A.C. THERAPY, KCI, San Antonio, Texas) in the treatment of diabetic foot wounds. These guidelines were updated by a second(More)
BACKGROUND Problems associated with the diabetic foot are worldwide. However, there may be regional variation among risk factors and clinical presentation. Prospective comparative data concerning this topic are rare. AIM To determine differences in underlying risk factors and clinical presentation of foot problems among people with diabetes in different(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare populations with and outcomes of diabetic foot ulcers managed in the U.K., Germany, Tanzania, and Pakistan and to explore the use of a new score of ulcer type in comparing outcomes among different countries. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS Data from a series of 449 patients with diabetic foot ulcers managed in the U.K. were used to(More)
OBJECTIVE To estimate the impact of diabetes on mortality in patients after first stroke event. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS Using claims data from a nationwide statutory health insurance fund (Gmünder ErsatzKasse), we assessed all deaths in a cohort of 5,757 patients with a first stroke between 2005 and 2007 (69.3% male, mean age 68.1 years, 32.2% with(More)
AIMS To determine the prevalence rate, clinical features, risk factors, and clinical outcome of foot ulcers in diabetes patients admitted to Muhimbili National Hospital, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. METHODS A prospective cohort study of newly hospitalized, adult diabetes patients with foot ulcers was conducted during January 1997 to December 1998 (study(More)