Clinical profile and surgical management of diabetic foot in Benghazi, Libya



Benkhadoura M, Alswehly M, Elbarsha A.


Foot Ankle Surg. 2016 Mar;22(1):55-8. doi: 10.1016/j.fas.2015.04.011. Epub 2015 May 14.


BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to outline the patterns and management of diabetic foot ulcer (DFU) and compare our experience with other published data. PATIENTS AND METHODS: All consecutive patients admitted to Al-Jala Hospital with diabetic foot from June, 2008 to May, 2013 were reviewed retrospectively. RESULTS: A total of 542 patients were studied, Wagner’s grade III ulcers were the most prevalent (31%), followed by grade II (25%). About 10% of patients underwent major amputations and 24.2% underwent minor amputations. The amputation rate was 34%, and the mortality rate was 2%. CONCLUSION: Diabetic foot infections cause significant morbidity and mortality among patients with diabetes in Benghazi. There is a need to establish a diabetic foot clinic in Benghazi with a multidisciplinary team to reduce the rates of hospital admission and amputation, as well as hospital stay duration. CI – Copyright © 2015 European Foot and Ankle Society. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Link/DOI: 10.1016/j.fas.2015.04.011