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Medline ® Abstract for Reference 33

of 'Clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and management of diabetic infections of the lower extremities'

Validation of the Infectious Diseases Society of America's diabetic foot infection classification system.
Lavery LA, Armstrong DG, Murdoch DP, Peters EJ, Lipsky BA
Clin Infect Dis. 2007;44(4):562.
In this longitudinal study of 1666 persons with diabetes, there was an observed trend toward an increased risk for amputation (chi(2) test for trend, 108.0; P<.001), higher-level amputation (chi(2) test for trend, 113.3; P<.001), and lower extremity-related hospitalization (chi(2) test for trend, 118.6; P<.001) with increasing infection severity. The Infectious Diseases Society of America's foot infection classification system may be a useful tool for grading foot infections.
Department of Surgery, Scott and White Hospital, Texas A&M University Health Science Center College of Medicine, Temple, Texas, USA. llavery@swmail.sw.org