What is the role of bone probes in the workup of diabetic foot ulcers?

Updated: Oct 15, 2020
  • Author: Tanzim Khan, DPM; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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Using a sterile, solid instrument, the wound should be probed deeply without using force. If there is a rough, coarse feel, this establishes a clinical diagnosis of osteomyelitis. Specificity and sensitivity for the probe to bone test for confirmed osteomyelitis are as high as 0.83 and 0.87, respectively. [42]


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