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Dermagraft Helps Heal Diabetic Foot Ulcers
Helping to Grow New Skin
- Full-thickness diabetic foot ulcers that have been present for longer than six weeks
- Ulcers that extend deeper into the skin where the blood vessels are, but do not involve tendon, muscle, joint capsule, or bone
When Not to Use Dermagraft
The Importance of Careful Foot Care
- Changes in the skin of the feet, specifically drying and cracking
- Nerve damage, which decreases feeling in the feet and allows wounds to occur unnoticed
- Poor circulation, which makes fighting infection and wound healing difficult
American Diabetes Association http://www.diabetes.org
National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov
Canadian Diabetes Association http://www.diabetes.ca
Canadian Podiatric Medical Association http://www.podiatrycanada.org
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Patient Guide. Hannibal Regional Medical Group website. Available at: http://hannibalregionalmedicalgroup.org/Portals/0/dermagraft%5Fpatient%5Fguide.pdf. Published 2008. Accessed November 8, 2013.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 11/2013
- Update Date: 11/08/2013