Pattern of diabetes limb amputations: review of two regional centres in Queensland

Gowda, Durgesh, Aranha, Algenes, Shenoy, Vasant, Davoren, Peter, Golledge, Jonathan, and Malabu, Usman H. (2013) Pattern of diabetes limb amputations: review of two regional centres in Queensland. Annals of the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine, 14 (1). p. 26.

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Background / Aims: Diabetes limb amputation (DLA) is common in Australia's Queensland with notable regional variations in clinical features. Despite this, there is no comparative study of DLA in the 2 regions -north and south Queensland. The aim of the study was to determine clinical characteristics of DLA at The Townsville Hospital (TTH) compared with South Queensland's Gold Coast Hospital (GCH).

Methods: Clinical data for all DLAs from the 2 tertiary hospitals were retrospectively reviewed for a 3 year-period from 2009 to 2011.

Results: Fifty DLAs were recorded at GCH and 31 for TTH. 35% of the subjects at TTH who had DLAs were Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (ATSI) compared to 2% in GCH X2 = 17.3, P<0.001. The mean age, number of previous amputations and male-female ratio were similar in both centres.

Conclusion: We reported high proportion of DLAs in the ATSI's North Queensland. Primary prevention of diabetes foot ulcer in the Indigenous Australian diabetic population may reduce DLA in the region. Further studies on larger population are suggested to confirm our findings.

Item ID: 29855
Item Type: Article (Abstract)
ISSN: 1448-4706
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2013 01:10
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110306 Endocrinology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920104 Diabetes @ 100%
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