A Study of Diabetic Foot Ulcers in Relation to Depth , Location of the Ulcer and Patient's, Age and Sex.
Iraqi Postgraduate Medical Journal,
2006, Volume 5, Issue 4, Pages 418-421
Over a nine months period, extending from October, 2002 through July 2003, microorganisms were isolated and identified from foot ulcer infections of diabetic patients. The foot ulcers were clinically identified as superficial (dry, wet) or deep ,the depth of both superficial (wet, dry) and deep foot ulcers in relation to location, patient age and sex were studied from 60 patients of surgical wards.
The depth of different diabetic foot ulcers were measured by sterile cotton tip applicator inserted from the surface to the deepest point of the ulcer base.
It was demonstrated that the superficial ulcers were mostly wet, the site of the ulcers were mainly in the right foot more than in left foot, mostly the toes. The incidence of deep ulcers were mostly in males, while the prevalence of both superficial and deep ulcers increase with advancing age.
The present study showed a different classification of foot ulcers (superficial &deep) from past literature studies.
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