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Synopsis of causation: amputation of the lower limb

This document contains a synopsis of causation occurring in amputation of the lower limb.


This document provides information on amputation of the lower limb. It has been compiled by medical practitioners and validated by external consultants within a relevant field. However, it is not intented as a comprehensive compendium of the literature on the specific condition.

This synopsis of causation was authored by Dr C P U Stewart, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee and validated by Mr Nigel Trimmings, Royal Hammersmith County Hospital, Winchester.