The accurate assessment of peripheral perfusion is a critical step in caring for a diabetic patient with active ulceration. This article guides the provider through diagnostic and therapeutic options. The perfusion assessment begins with a physical examination and augmented using noninvasive tests. Although some of these tests can be performed at the bedside, often a dedicated vascular laboratory is required. Additional cross-sectional imaging studies or formal angiography should be performed as well. These tools aid in the creation of the best therapeutic plan, which aims to restore perfusion and allow for rapid wound healing via open or endovascular means.
- Noninvasive vascular studies
- Surgical bypass
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine