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One of my relative is a diabetic patient and has been on dyalisis

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One of my relative is a diabetic patient and has been on dyalisis for 5 yrs. Recently the skin on her toe opened up by itself and resulted in infection, she had to have the toe amputed. It has been few months and it is still not healed properly, furthermore, she is developing blisters in other parts of her feet. She had an angiogram like test done, sorry forgot the name- it showed she has problem with the arteries in her legs and the branching blood vessels as well, clogged with deposites and blood the flow of the blood is very poor, may be the reasons she is have lots of problems with her feet. Can this be revers, is there any tablets she can take to clean her arteries, and have normal blood flow, which will obviously, help the healing of her wound and other problems associated with her legs.
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I am really sorry to know about your relative who is suffering so much.

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She is in a very difficult situation

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Her circulation is poor which is causing poorly healing ulcers and blisters. All this is also complicated by the fact that she is on dialysis and has diabetes

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The best thing to do at the moment would be to get a vascular surgeon opinion to see if circulation problem could be corrected by bypass surgery.

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I think that would be the next best step

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I do not think that medications would help too much in her case as far as I am concerned.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

can the drug cilostazol help this person


Drugs like aspirin cilostazol can all help but unfortunately the problem is so severe that these medications may not be good enough.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

can you advise any other options apart from surgery


Options without surgery include the following:

1. Medications to reduce cholesterol (statins)
2. Good control of diabetes with medications
3. Aspirin
4. Clopidogrel
5. Cilostazol
6. Interventional procedures like angioplasty