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February 1980

Morbid Implications of Above-Knee Amputations: Report of a Series and Review of the Literature

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington, Ky.

Arch Surg. 1980;115(2):165-167. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1980.01380020033008

• In a retrospective review of 100 consecutive patients requiring above-knee amputation for arterial occlusive disease, the operative mortality was 15%. An additional 26% mortality occurred during a two-year follow-up period. Principal causes of death were sepsis in 54%, heart disease in 16%, and stroke in 11%. The poor prognosis of patients requiring amputation was related to progression of systemic diseases and to generalized debility among these patients.

(Arch Surg 115:165-167, 1980)

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