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Diabetic amputations soared amid Italian pandemic lockdown

Key clinical point: Diabetic amputations at an Italian hospital skyrocketed during the coronavirus pandemic.

Major finding: Amputation was more likely during the height of the pandemic versus a longer comparative period in 2019 (relative risk, 3.26; 95% confidence interval, 1.55-6.84).

Study details: A retrospective analysis of 25 patients admitted between March 9 and May 18, 2020, versus 38 patients admitted between January and May 2019.

Disclosures: Several of the study authors reported various disclosures.


Caruso P et al. Diabetes Care. 2020 Jul 23. doi:10.2337/dc20-1347.