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Infected amputated toe. Close-up of the infected big toe stump of an 81-year-old male patient following amputation for peripheral vascular disease (PVD). PVD is caused by inadequate blood flow through the blood vessels of the limbs (usually the leg). The reduced blood flow can be caused by a thrombosis (blood clot), or a narrowing or inflammation of the blood vessels. Here, a swab of the wound showed MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and Proteus mirabilis bacterial infection.
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