Peripheral Arterial Disease and Digital Gangrene: A Rare Presentation of Diabetic Hand SyndromeCorrespondence Address :
Dr. Santokh Singh,
Professor and Head, Department of Medicine,
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Digital gangrene in upper limbs may be due to systemic sclerosis, trauma, connective tissue disorders, vasculitic disorders and various myeloproliferative disorders or as a part of tropical diabetes hand syndrome which follows trauma. Peripheral arterial disease in diabetics commonly involves lower limbs. The present case, 45â€“yearâ€“old diabetic, presented with dry gangrene in fingertips of both hands for last two weeks without any history of trauma or lower limb gangrene. On examination and workup of the patient was found to have bilateral upper limb arterio-occlusive disease involving ulnar vessels as a macrovascular complication of diabetes mellitus. This presentation of diabetic hand syndrome is very, very rare, hence being reported.
Digital gangrene, Upper limb, Tropical diabetes hand syndrome
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Date of Submission: Jan 07, 2013
Date of Peer Review: Jul 03, 2013
Date of Acceptance: Jul 29, 2013
Date of Publishing: Oct 05, 2013
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