DIABETIC FOOT ULCERS - 12 MONTHS PROSPECTIVE REVIEW OF PATTERN OF PRESENTATION AT ENUGU STATE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY TEACHING HOSPITAL, PARKLANE, ENUGU: A BASIS FOR DIABETIC FOOT CLINIC?

Isiguzo C M, Jac-Okereke C

Available online Jul 19, 2018.

[ Original ] Volume 24, Issue 2, 2015, Pages 125-130


Abstract

INTRODUCTION
Diabetic foot ulcer is a common complication of diabetes. This morbidity results in long hospitalization and high cost of
management. It is a significant cause of non - traumatic amputation. Reduction in incidence and progression to amputation will be
highly desired.
AIM
To highlight the pattern of presentation and to emphasize the need for multidisciplinary approach in prevention by integration of
focused foot care plan.
PATIENTS AND METHODS
A prospective interviewer administered questionnaire based study
RESULTS
A total of 36 patients were recruited with a male female ratio of 1.8:1. Mean age of presentation was 55.5 years and commoner in
those that have had diabetes for 10 – 15 years.Low level of education had a direct relationship with occurrence of DFU.Neuropathy
was a common predisposing factor to DFU.More than 60% had no knowledge of foot care even though they have been educated on
dietary controls.There was average hospital stay of 48 days,amputation rate of 19.4% and mortality rate of 8.3%.
CONCLUSION
A comprehensive foot care program should be incorporated in the management of diabetes as soon as diagnosis is made in other to
reduce the huge burden of DFU.


Keywords

complication of diabetes,