Diabetic Foot Ulcers Differential Diagnoses

Updated: Jan 22, 2020
  • Author: Vincent Lopez Rowe, MD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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Diagnostic Considerations

The classic diabetic trophic ulcer must be distinguished from various other problems that tend to occur in persons with diabetes, such as diabetic dermopathy, bullosis diabeticorum, eruptive xanthoma, necrobiosis lipoidica, and granuloma annulare.

The leg pain of peripheral arterial disease must be distinguished from other causes of leg pain, such as arthritis, muscle pain, radicular pain, spinal cord compression, thrombophlebitis, anemia, and myxedema.

Diabetic neuropathy should be distinguished from other forms of neuropathy, including vasculitic neuropathies, metabolic neuropathies, autonomic neuropathy, radiculopathy, and many others.

Differential Diagnoses