Diabetes-related lower-extremity amputations disproportionately affect Blacks and Mexican Americans.

@article{Lavery1999DiabetesrelatedLA,
  title={Diabetes-related lower-extremity amputations disproportionately affect Blacks and Mexican Americans.},
  author={Lawrence Alfred Lavery and William H van Houtum and H R Ashry and David G. Armstrong and Jacqueline A. Pugh},
  journal={Southern medical journal},
  year={1999},
  volume={92 6},
  pages={593-9}
}
BACKGROUND We sought to identify the age-adjusted incidence of lower-extremity amputation (LEA) in Mexican Americans, blacks, and non-Hispanic whites with diabetes in south Texas. METHODS We summarized medical records for hospitalizations for LEAs for 1993 in six metropolitan statistical areas in south Texas. RESULTS Age-adjusted incidence per 10,000 patients with diabetes was 146.59 in blacks, 60.68 in non-Hispanic whites, and 94.08 in Mexican Americans. Of the patients, 47% of amputees… CONTINUE READING

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