Question

According to your online reading assignment, what is the number one cause of amputation? What are some other causes of amputation?

Answer

According to your online reading assignment, “Introduction to Amputation” the number one cause of amputation is peripheral vascular disease, such as arteriosclerosis and diabetes mellitus.

Other causes of amputation include: trauma, damage to the extremity, uncontrollable infection, malignant tumors, nerve injury, and congenital anomalies.

(Panton, H. “Introduction to Amputation.” In P. Deutsch and H. Sawyer (Ed.) A Guide to Rehabilitation. White Plains, NY: AHAB Press).

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