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Human Digit Partially Consumed by a Canine During Sleep in a Patient with Neuropathy and Diabetes

Lee C. Rogers Broadlawns Medical Center, Des Moines, Iowa. Dr. Rogers is now with Amputation Prevention Center, Valley Presbyterian Hospital, Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Bevilacqua is now with North Jersey Orthopaedic Specialists, Teaneck, NJ

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A traumatic amputation of a digit as a result of canine mastication and ingestion occurred in a 48-year-old woman with type 2 diabetes and peripheral neuropathy. The injury occurred during sleep and was not felt by the patient. The dangers of sleeping with one’s canine for those with neuropathic wounds are presented, and the literature is reviewed. (J Am Podiatr Med Assoc 101(3): 275–276, 2011)

Corresponding author: Lee C. Rogers, DPM, Amputation Prevention Center, Valley Presbyterian Hospital, 15107 Vanowen St, Los Angeles, CA 91405. (E-mail: Lee.C.Rogers@gmail.com)