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Upper limb infections with amputation in patients with diabetes

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Upper limb infections with amputation in patients with diabetes

Kian Hua Yeoh, Mohd Sharifudin Bin Said, Nor Hasmirra Binti Zainal Abidin, Shukur Bin Ahmad
9 October 2019

Diabetes mellitus is a global health problem and a major public health concern in Malaysia as it contributes to high mortality and morbidity rates. According to International Diabetes Federation (IDF) data in 2017, the prevalence of people with known diabetes in Malaysia was 3,492,600 (IDF, 2017). Based on Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALYs) measure, diabetes mellitus was one of the top 10 for total burden of disease in Malaysia. The Malaysian National Health Morbidity Survey III (NHMS III) conducted in 2006 showed that amputees formed 4.3% of the patients with known diabetes (Letchuman, 2010). However, the more common amputations were lower limbs. There are no statistics in Malaysia regarding upper limb amputations in patients with diabetes. Thus, this study was conducted to highlight the increasing rate of upper limb amputations among patients with diabetes at Hospital Teluk Intan.

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