Diabetic muscular infarction. Preventing morbidity by avoiding excisional biopsy

Arch Intern Med. 1997 Jul 28;157(14):1611. doi: 10.1001/archinte.157.14.1611.


Focal infarction of skeletal muscle is a complication of diabetes mellitus. In the appropriate clinical setting and with characteristic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings, prompt diagnosis can prevent unnecessary morbidity by avoiding excisional biopsy. We report a case of diabetic muscular infarction presenting as a painful thigh mass and review diagnostic and management principles.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Biopsy
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / complications*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Infarction / diagnosis*
  • Infarction / etiology*
  • Magnetic Resonance Angiography
  • Male
  • Muscle, Skeletal / blood supply*
  • Thigh