Angiographic scoring of vascular occlusive disease in the diabetic foot: Relevance to bypass graft patency and limb salvage
Aortic Aneurysm, Abdominal
Blood Vessel Prosthesis Implantation
In patients with diabetes mellitus, the foot score is a useful tool for predicting the likelihood of graft patency and limb salvage for infrapopliteal revascularization. However, the relatively high bypass success rate (70%) in the presence of a high foot score (>or= 7) does not allow its use in identifying the subgroup of patients who are unlikely to benefit from bypass grafting surgery. It cannot be used as a means of selecting patients for primary amputation.