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We checked the files of 30 inpatients with diabetes and deep burns to the lower limbs. We looked for a diabetes-related neuropathy (60% had one), the context of the accident, the topography of burns, any delays before the first and possible subsequent surgeries, the length of stay, and return to walking, if achieved. Burns mostly involved distal parts of the lower limbs, were thermal in 90% with an intentional action in 43%, and frequently occurred in a bathing room (48%) during a footbath (54%). Mean time to the first surgery was day 3,35 and, when needed, the second one was performed 6,54 days later. Mean LOS was 14,6 days, eleven patients were walking again by this time. We found a significant (p<0.001) association between the time to the 1st surgery and time elapsed between the burn and hospitalization. The existence of a diabetes-related neuropathy is a risk factor of lower limb burns, provided it suppresses the alarm of pain. Early surgery seems to reduce the LOS.

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