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Primary-Care Interventions for the Population at Risk for Amputation

Vincent J. Yacyshyn Cardiologist, Department of Cardiovascular Diseases, Mayo Clinic and Foundation, Rochester, MN.

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Karen L. Andrews Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physician, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mayo Clinic and Foundation, 200 1st St SW, Rochester, MN 55902.

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The care of patients at risk for amputation includes the identification of at-risk patients, appropriate follow-up and treatment, and the anticipation of possible complications. Education and long-term follow-up are vital for management of the patient at risk for amputation. (J Am Podiatr Med Assoc 91(1): 2-5, 2001)