Mortality and Morbidity

Acute limb ischaemia is important to diagnose because it carries high mortality and morbidity.

Estimates of mortality following acute limb ischaemia range from 9 to 22% [3,6-8].

What are the estimates for limb salvage following acute ischaemia?

Limb salvage following acute limb ischaemia is estimated at 70-90% [3,7-10].

Amputations are more common following thrombotic occlusions, since these are more likely to occur on a background of peripheral arterial disease and therefore are more difficult to treat [10].

Learning bite

Acute limb ischaemia carries high morbidity and mortality.

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