Can a Foot Ulcer Cause Hasten Chronic Kidney Disease?

Here’s a fascinating “chicken vs. egg” work by Fran Game and colleagues

Chronic Kidney Disease and the Foot in Diabetes – Is Inflammation the Missing Link?

Chronic Kidney Disease and the Foot in Diabetes – Is Inflammation the Missing Link
Game F.L. · Selby N.M. · McIntyre C.W. 
Nephron Clin Pract 2013;123:36-40 (DOI: 10.1159/000351813)

Abstract

Diabetes is commonly complicated by the development of chronic kidney disease (CKD). Equally prevalent is the development of diabetic foot disease and it is now recognised that there is a higher risk of the development of foot disease and major amputation in those patients with CKD. This is particularly marked in those patients with end-stage kidney disease receiving renal replacement therapy for which there are many possible mechanisms, including the effect of dialysis on tissue hypoxia. What has been recognised recently is that the risk of the development of foot disease appears to start prior to the onset of renal replacement therapy. Whilst this may be due to the fact that the emphasis of care shifts towards the requirements of the patients’ renal disease, here we discuss the possibility that the presence of a foot ulcer itself may contribute to the development or progression of CKD through repeated episodes of sepsis or chronic inflammation, or both


David G. Armstrong

Dedicated to amputation prevention, wound healing, diabetic foot, biotechnology and the intersection between medical devices and consumer electronics.

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