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Diabetic muscle infarction in a 57 year old male: a case report

Author(s): Litvinov Ivan V | Radu Arnold | Garfield Natasha

Journal: BMC Research Notes
ISSN 1756-0500

Volume: 5;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 701;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Diabetic muscle infarction | Diabetic myonecrosis

Abstract Background Diabetic muscle infarction is a rare complication of diabetes mellitus (DM) and is often misdiagnosed as cellulitis. This complication is usually associated with poor disease prognosis and high mortality with previous studies reporting a risk of 50% recurrence or another macrovascular complication occurring within one year. Thus, there needs to be greater awareness of this complication of diabetes. Case presentation In the current work, we present a case report and literature review of DMI occurring in a calf of a 57 year old male. However, unlike the suspected trend, our patient has performed well after this incident and has not sustained another macrovascular event now > 15 month since his original diabetic muscle infarction. Conclusion Even though diabetic muscle infarction is an uncommon condition, it is important to consider this diagnosis in a diabetic patient. We hope that our findings and literature review will aid clinicians to better diagnose and manage this condition.
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