Diabetes-related lower-extremity amputations disproportionately affect blacks and Mexican Americans

Lawrence A. Lavery, William H. Van Houtum, Hisham R. Ashry, David G Armstrong, Jacqueline A. Pugh

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Background. We sought to identify the age-adjusted incidence of lower- extremity amputation (LEA) in Mexican Americans, blacks, and non-Hispanic whites with diabetes in south Texas. Methods. We summarized medical records for hospitalizations for LEAs for 1993 in six metropolitan statistical areas in south Texas. Results. Age-adjusted incidence per 10,000 patients with diabetes was 146.59 in blacks, 60.68 in non-Hispanic whites, and 94.08 in Mexican Americans. Of the patients, 47% of amputees had a history of amputation, and 17.7% were hospitalized more than once during 1993. Mexican Americans had more diabetes-related amputations (85.9%) than blacks (74.7%) or non-Hispanic whites (56.3%). Conclusions. This study is the first to identify the incidence of diabetes-related lower-extremity amputations in minorities using primary data. Minorities had both a higher incidence and proportion of diabetes-related, LEAs compared with non-Hispanic whites. Public health initiatives and national strategies, such as Healthy People 2000 and 2010, need to specifically focus on high-risk populations and high- risk geographic areas to decrease the frequency of amputation and reamputation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)593-599
Number of pages7
JournalSouthern Medical Journal
Volume92
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes

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Diabetes-related lower-extremity amputations disproportionately affect blacks and Mexican Americans. / Lavery, Lawrence A.; Van Houtum, William H.; Ashry, Hisham R.; Armstrong, David G; Pugh, Jacqueline A.

In: Southern Medical Journal, Vol. 92, No. 6, 1999, p. 593-599.

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Lavery, Lawrence A. ; Van Houtum, William H. ; Ashry, Hisham R. ; Armstrong, David G ; Pugh, Jacqueline A. / Diabetes-related lower-extremity amputations disproportionately affect blacks and Mexican Americans. In: Southern Medical Journal. 1999 ; Vol. 92, No. 6. pp. 593-599.
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