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Autoamputation Of The Foot Following Treatment Of Chronic Leg Ulcer By Traditional Bonesetters

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Author(s): Ikpeme A. Ikpeme*, Anthony M.Udosen, Ngim E. Ngim, Paul Amah

Journal: Journal of Orthopaedics
ISSN 0972-978X

Volume: 5;
Issue: 4;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: chronic | leg | ulcer | traditional bonesetters

ABSTRACT
Background: Traditional bonesetting is still widely practiced in many parts of the developing world. The complications are however enormous and gangrene is frequent. Amputation is frequently offered as a salvage procedure to ablate dead limb or to refashion a non-useful stump. Autoamputation following traditional bonesetter’s gangrene is rare and demonstrates the problems associated with erroneous belief systems and late presentation common in Africa.
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