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1.  Application of gentamicin-collagen sponge shortened wound healing time after minor amputations in diabetic patients – a prospective, randomised trial 
Archives of Medical Science : AMS  2014;10(2):283-287.
Introduction
Diabetic foot infections are frequently polymicrobial. The lower tissue concentration of systemically administered antibiotics in diabetic patients was reported. Collatamp®EG (Syntacoll GmbH Saal/Donau, Germany) is a bioabsorbable, gentamicin impregnated collagen spongeused for local treatment. The aim of this randomized trial was to assess influence of gentamicin-collagen sponge applied to a wound on surgical outcomes after minor amputations in diabetic patients.
Material and methods
Fifty diabetic patients indicated for minor amputation in 2009 at our surgery department were included in the study. Patients were pre-operatively randomised into two groups. Twenty-five patients in group A were treated with gentamicin impregnated collagen sponge applied into wound peri-operatively while 25 patients in group B had minor amputation without gentamicin sponge.
Results
There was no significant difference in the demographic data, procedures performed, diabetes duration and peripheral vascular disease severity between the groups. The median glycosylated haemoglobin was 6.0% (range: 4.6–9.5%) in group A and 6.2% (range: 4.0–8.4%) in control group B (non-significant). Median TcPO2 level was 44 (range: 13–67) in group A and 48 (range: 11–69) in control group B (non-significant). The median of wound healing duration in group A was 3.0 weeks (range: 1.7–17.1 weeks) compared to 4.9 weeks (range: 2.6–20.0 weeks) in control group B. This was with a statistically significant difference (p < 0.05).
Conclusions
Application of gentamicin impregnated collagen sponge shortened wound healing duration after minor amputations in diabetic patients by almost 2 weeks.
doi:10.5114/aoms.2014.42580
PMCID: PMC4042048  PMID: 24904661
wound healing; diabetic foot; amputation; gentamicin
2.  The Charcot Foot in Diabetes 
Diabetes Care  2011;34(9):2123-2129.
The diabetic Charcot foot syndrome is a serious and potentially limb-threatening lower-extremity complication of diabetes. First described in 1883, this enigmatic condition continues to challenge even the most experienced practitioners. Now considered an inflammatory syndrome, the diabetic Charcot foot is characterized by varying degrees of bone and joint disorganization secondary to underlying neuropathy, trauma, and perturbations of bone metabolism. An international task force of experts was convened by the American Diabetes Association and the American Podiatric Medical Association in January 2011 to summarize available evidence on the pathophysiology, natural history, presentations, and treatment recommendations for this entity.
doi:10.2337/dc11-0844
PMCID: PMC3161273  PMID: 21868781

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