What are possible complications of peripheral diabetic neuropathy?

Updated: Jan 08, 2019
  • Author: Dianna Quan, MD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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Peripheral neuropathy can lead to foot ulcers and leg amputations. When a foot ulcer shows signs of infection (eg, thick yellow drainage, erythema around the wound, fever, necrotic tissue), the patient often fares much better by being admitted to a hospital, having the extent of infection assessed (eg, with MRI), and receiving IV antibiotics and foot debridement (if necessary).


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