Risking Life and Limb: A Case of Spontaneous Diabetic Muscle Infarction (Diabetic Myonecrosis)

Jeremy Cumberledge, Bharat Kumar, David Rudy

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Diabetic muscle infarction, also known as diabetic myonecrosis, is a microvascular complication of poorly controlled diabetes mellitus characterized by unilateral limb pain and swelling. Because these symptoms closely mimic cellulitis and thromboembolism, diagnosis is often delayed or missed altogether, leading to increased morbidity and inappropriate treatment. We describe a case of unilateral limb pain and swelling due to diabetic muscle infarction in a 36-year-old patient with poorly controlled diabetes mellitus. We also review the literature on the diagnosis, prognosis, and management of this under-recognized condition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)696-698
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of General Internal Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016

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  • diabetes
  • leg pain
  • muscle infarction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


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