Author(s): Aydin F, Kaya A, Karapinar L, Kumbaraci M, Imerci A,
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Abstract Objectives. To investigate insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-1) levels in response to hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) for diabetic foot ulcers and to determine whether IGF-1 is a predictive indicator of wound healing in patients with diabetic foot ulcers. Design and Methods. We treated 48 consecutive patients with diabetic foot ulcers with HBOT. Alterations of IGF-1 levels in patients whose wound healed with HBOT were compared with those in patients who did not benefit from HBOT. Results. There was no significant difference in initial IGF-1 levels between the two groups (P = 0.399). The mean IGF-1 level increased with HBOT (P < 0.05). In the healed group, the mean IGF-1 increase and the final values were significantly higher (P < 0.05). In the nonhealed group, the mean IGF-1 increase was minus and the final values were not significantly different (P < 0.05). The increase in IGF-1 level with HBOT was significantly higher in the healed group (P < 0.001). Conclusions. IGF-1 increased significantly in the healed group. We believe that HBOT is effective in the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers, with an elevation of IGF-1. This alteration seems to be a predictive factor for wound healing in diabetic foot ulcers treated with HBOT.
This article was published in J Diabetes Res
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