Quick Case: Diabetic foot treatment with topical vacuum therapy

The patient is a 54-year-old farmer from a rural area near Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. He had a diagnosis of diabetes mellitus 3 years ago, and he is taking oral hypoglycemic agents. Six months ago he developed swelling and itching of his left lower limb, and when he scratched hard, several ulcers developed.

In matter of days, the ulcers became large, and the entire limb was foul smelling. He was admitted in another hospital. After a few debridements, they decided to amputate the lower limb. Since he was not willing to allow amputation, he came for a trial of treatment with vacuum therapy after one of the visitors had suggested the treatment.

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  1. Vishwanath Iyer
    Posted Feb 2014 at 3:40 am | Permalink

    Can I have some details about this “vacuum” therapy? Is it the same as ‘”vac”?

  2. Suresh Kalyanasundar
    Posted Feb 2014 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    As has been your interst in innovation can you kindly send details of VAC and the equipment being used and the cost of procurement

    Dr K Suresh

  3. Meena Khambay
    Posted Mar 2014 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    Can I get some details about this vacuum treatment for diabetic foot.

  4. mdCurrent-India Editor
    Posted Mar 2014 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    More details on the treatment and machines are available in another article by Dr. Gnanaraj, Negative pressure wound therapy: Low cost machines and local adaptations, including contact information for the engineer who developed the low-cost machines.

    Another article also has more information here: Cost-effective method for treating diabetic foot: Improved healing lessens need for lower-limb amputation

    -mdCurrent-India Staff

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