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Foot Sensation Testing in the Patient With Diabetes: Introduction of the Quick & Easy Assessment Tool

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  Abstract: Introduction. Sensory testing of patients with diabetes is an integral part of preventing new and recurrent wounds. The Semmes-Weinstein monofilament (SWM) test is considered the gold standard to screen for loss of protective sensation; however, the authors’ experience has shown that it is not only time consuming, but is of negligible value for a patient with a diabetic foot ulcer (DFU). ...

A Cost-Effective Method for Obtaining Standard Platelet-Rich Plasma

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  Abstract: Introduction. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is used in several different areas of surgery to enhance natural healing and the regenerative process by delivering increased concentrations of autologous platelets. However, there are controversies in the literature regarding the potential benefits of PRP, due partly to the lack of optimized and standardized preparation protocols. The aim of this study was to develop a standardized PRP preparation protocol....

Long-Standing Nonhealing Charcot Foot Ulcers That Fail Conservative Care: Is Major Amputation Always the Solution?

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  Abstract: Charcot arthropathy represents a potentially devastating complication in patients with diabetes; this is most significant when an ulcer and/or infection are present. When conservative therapies fail to relieve symptomatology, amputation usually represents the next step in the treatment algorithm....

A Comprehensive Review of Plants and Their Active Constituents With Wound Healing Activity in Traditional Iranian Medicine

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  Abstract: Introduction. Wound healing is a complex cascade of events with various cellular and biochemical processes that result in reconstruction and regeneration of damaged tissue. The objective of the current study was to scientifically evaluate the medicinal plants said to produce wound healing activity in traditional Iranian medicine (TIM)....

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While few procedures are complication free, the safety profile of vacuum-assisted closure therapy for wounds has been good. Although rarely reported in the literature, the retention of foam in wounds following this therapy has caused complications. The authors present a technique to prevent foam retention and reduce wound morbidity due to tissue regrowth.

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