Diabetes-Related Lower Extremity Amputations in Romania: Patterns and Changes between 2015 and 2019 #ActAgainstAmputation @ALPSlimb

Bottom line: A promising increase in limb sparing minor amputations over high-level amputations from our colleagues in Romania.

Lower extremity amputations (LEAs) are a feared complication of diabetes mellitus (DM). Here we evaluated the recent trends in DM-related LEAs in Romania. We collected data from a national database regarding minor and major LEAs performed between 2015 and 2019 in patients with DM admitted to a public hospital. Absolute numbers of LEAs were presented by year, diabetes type, sex and age; incidence rates of LEAs in the general population were also calculated. Over the study period, 40,499 LEAs were recorded nationwide (83.16% in persons with type 2 DM [T2DM]); on average, the number of LEAs increased by 5.7%/year. This trend was driven by an increased number of LEAs in patients with T2DM; in patients with type 1 DM (T1DM), LEAs decreased over the study period. In patients with T2DM, the increase in minor LEAs was more pronounced than that in major LEAs. The overall number of LEAs showed an increasing trend with age (r = 0.72), which was most pronounced in patients aged ≥70 years. Men had a higher frequency of LEAs than women, regardless of DM type. These data support renewed efforts to prevent and decrease the burden of amputations among patients with DM.

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