New onset diabetes mellitus in patients presenting with extremity infections

Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2002 Oct;(403):45-8. doi: 10.1097/00003086-200210000-00008.


Although a relationship between diabetes and extremity infections has been established, the current literature notes little regarding the initial diagnosis of a patient's diabetic condition being made at the time of presentation with an extremity infection. The current study is an analysis of patients with extremity infections being diagnosed with diabetes for the first time. A chart review of 1166 patients who were admitted to the orthopaedic infection service revealed 385 patients with an admission glucose of 120 mg/dL or greater. One hundred seventy-four of these patients (45%) were diagnosed with diabetes. Thirty of these 174 patients (17.2%) previously had not been diagnosed with diabetes.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age of Onset*
  • Blood Glucose / analysis
  • Bone Diseases, Infectious / blood
  • Bone Diseases, Infectious / complications*
  • Bone Diseases, Infectious / epidemiology
  • Diabetes Complications*
  • Diabetes Mellitus / blood
  • Diabetes Mellitus / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Lower Extremity / microbiology*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Upper Extremity / microbiology*


  • Blood Glucose