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Case file: Diabetic foot ulcer

Case file: Diabetic foot ulcer

Diabetic foot gangrene is a leading cause of amputations. Insufficient microcirculation and infection turn the chronic wound into gangrene. Early hyperbaric oxygen can stop the tissue necrosis and prevent amputation.

Diabetic foot ulcer

Male: 55 years, non-smoker.
Left foot had partial amputation 3 months earlier due to similar ulcer.
Right foot with open wounds had both oxygen and blood flow reduced to 30%.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy:

Nine sessions over two weeks provided return of blood flow and oxygen for normal wound healing. Photo on the right shows complete wound closure after 4 months.

-*- WARNING -*- Graphic wound images

   

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