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Drugs used to 'autoamputate'!

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Taiwan News are reporting:
New 'black toes treatment' introduced
A breakthrough "treatment" can now avoid amputation of toes in diabetic patients and offers a less painful alternative, a cardiologist said on Tuesday. Yu Tang-cheng, chief of the cardio intensive care unit chief of the Taipei General Veteran Hospital, said diabetics are at a great risk to develop foot problems as many of them have artery disease, which may significantly reduce blood flow to the feet.

However, he said, with a new breakthrough treatment called "Double P," diabetic patients with "black toes" can now take a daily dose of two different kinds of drugs that would cause gangrened toes to fall off painlessly.

The drugs manipulate the functions of platelets in the blood that eventually results in a cut off the blood circulation to the damaged areas and the gangrened toes eventually fall off, he said.

With the "Double P" treatment diabetic patients with chronic toe thrombosis, or poor blood circulation, will be relieved of pain in approximately three days, Yu said.

Furthermore, in about three to six months, there would be a visible separation between the gangrened toes and the rest of the foot, he explained, adding that the toes will eventually fall off, like a gecko losing its tail.

The "Double P" treatment is not covered under the national health insurance policy. People who are interested in obtaining this treatment will be required to pay a few hundreds NT dollars a day.

Yu warned that the treatment is only suitable for patients with minor gangrene condition. Patients who have advanced gangrene would still require amputation, he said.
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