Congratulations to 2nd year resident, Dr. Eric Lew for winning 1st place in the 2012 Desert Foot Poster Competition in Phoenix!!

November 20, 2012

Congratulations to 2nd year resident, Dr. Eric Lew for winning 1st place in the 2012 Desert Foot Poster Competition in Phoenix!! Collaborators on the project included 1st year resident, Dr. Nicole Nicolosi,  and Program Staff Member, Dr. Georgeanne Botek. Dr. Lew provides a summary of his poster below.

"A 13 month retrospective review of 140 lower extremity (LE) amputations in patients with diabetes, peripheral arterial disease, and/or chronic kidney disease was performed at our institution. Results of the study revealed that elevated ankle brachial indices (ABI), poorly compressible arteries, and radiographic arterial calcifications are significant clinical findings associated with a high prevalence of LE amputation in this patient population.  Furthermore, U-shaped relationship between ABI level and various cardiovascular-related comorbidities demonstrated that a high ABI, or poorly compressible arteries are equally prognostic as having a low ABI.  Lastly, radiographic artery calcification was found to be a significant finding and ought to be considered an individual risk factor for LE amputation."