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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ein
47 years experience in Infectious Disease
Tissue death: Gangrene is the death of tissue due to lack of blood supply. There are a number of different causes for this lack of blood supply such as embolus to ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
39 years experience in Trauma Surgery
Bacteria: Gangrene comes from an infection which invades quickly into tissue from a break in the skin or other body defenses. Not all bacteria can do this, but ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience in Infectious Disease
Darkening of skin: May be black. Gangrene is death of tissue. It may begin with discoloration of various hues, progress to black. If you are concerned see a doctor as ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lori Wagner
26 years experience in Internal Medicine
Locally: Gangrene spreads locally, peripherally extending out from a central location.
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience in General Surgery
Seen in diabetics: Fournier's gangrene is seen in neglected untreated diabetics, infection of genitalia starts at scrotum rapidly spreads if untreated it is lethal. , ne ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
13 years experience in Family Medicine
Usually yes.: Gangrene happens when blood supply to a tissue or body part is compromised. The tissue dies, becomes black... It's not pretty, and yes, there's usual ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience in General Surgery
Dead tissue: Ischemic or dead tissue that is not getting enough blood supply for oxygen & nutrition to the site, maybe from combination of poor blood supply and in ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hashim Alani
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Gangrene: No.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Hines
23 years experience in Family Medicine
Infection: Gangrene is a severe infection, with tissue and bone involvement. The bacteria that cause it are particularly aggressive, and can be life threatening ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience in Internal Medicine
Could.: Both are infections. In cellulitis the tissues are injured but "not dead yet." Gangrene implies that the tissues have died. Gangrene can be wet or ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
33 years experience in Plastic Surgery
Gangrene: In the early stages, gangrene typically begins with a wound surrounded by redness followed by tissue death with darkened avascular tissue, drainage, a ... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience in General Surgery
Dead tissue: Gangrene is generally due to impaired blood flow, and may be combined with poor venous outflow, and or infections. Arterial disease and smoking, diabe ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Oliver Aalami
22 years experience in Vascular Surgery
No: Gout is when uric acid crystals form in your joints. Gangrene is when you lose blood flow to your tissues and they die. Gout isn't associated with gan ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Zadeh
16 years experience in General Surgery
Not cause, become.: A gallbladder cannot cause gangrene, however a gallbladder can become gangrenous as a result of severe infection if left untreated. This is called gan ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sharmila Dissanaike
20 years experience in General Surgery
No: Dry gangrene means that tissue is dead but not infected. If left alone, it will auto-amputate, or it can be surgically removed. Either way, the tissue ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Herman Hammerstead
49 years experience in Trauma Surgery
Ischemia: Blockage of small arteries cutting off blood supply by the diabetic process (intracapillary inflammation)
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Press
43 years experience in Plastic Surgery
They can be...: Septicemia refers to bacteria in the blood, usually in a very sick patient. Gangrene simply denotes dead tissue. If the dead tissue is infected and sh ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Frydman
46 years experience in Podiatry
None: Gangrene is a problem of circulation and infection.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Oberman
30 years experience in Podiatry
No: But a severe bacterial infection can cause it. Dry gangrene is when tissue dies as a result of lack of blood supply or severe infection or trauma.
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A male asked:
Dr. Robert Whitfield
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Gangrene: Usually there are reasons such as is hernia, frost bite, emboli etc. You should be seen and evaluated by you primary.
A 67-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Dickson
22 years experience in General Surgery
Probably: Blackening skin is, by definition, gangrene. Low blood flow or infection is usually the cause. If it is relatively localized and superficial it may ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
21 years experience in Plastic Surgery
Tissue turns: Black. Nonvacularized tissue dies and turns black.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Sarle
21 years experience in Urology
Gangrene: Terrible infection.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience in Podiatry
Need more info: Not sure what you are asking.
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
41 years experience in Plastic Surgery
Bad: If you've ever smelled a dead animal or rotting meat, you have a good idea of what wet gangrene smells like. Dry gangrene may not have much smell bec ... Read More
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A 74-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
35 years experience in Podiatry
Statistically...: Unfortunately, these effects you describe don't just have an effect on the feet and legs. The effect vital organs are effected as well. 5 years has b ... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Earle
30 years experience in General Surgery
Maybe not: Typically, diabetic vascular disease involves the microscopic blood vessels of the foot, so even in the event more blood flow gets to the foot, it can ... Read More
A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Kahn
43 years experience in Podiatry
Possible : You need care immediately . You need treatment by a vascular specialist and a podiatrist
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
21 years experience in Plastic Surgery
It's when: Tissue dies. Wet gangrene is infected. Dry gangrene is not infected.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tammi Schlichtemeier
30 years experience in Pediatrics
Debridement: Gangrene is an extremely severe form of infection causing local death and decay of soft tissues of the body due to lack of blood flow. Debridement o ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Fung
Dr. John Fung answered
38 years experience in General Surgery
Defined below: Gangrene means death of tissue somewhere in your body. That alone can cause problems with loss of function, but when the dead tissue becomes infected ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Frydman
46 years experience in Podiatry
Depending on locatio: May need to be removed, cut out, amputated to tissue that is healthy.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andres Katz
48 years experience in Vascular Surgery
Vascular therapy: Gangrene s lack of blood to an area of the body. Restoring circulation by endovascular or open surgery if possible is the only treatment available.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Oliver Aalami
22 years experience in Vascular Surgery
Keep Dry: Diabetic foot gangrene / ulcers should be kept dry. Betadine twice a day is inexpensive and effective as an antiseptic and at keeping the wound dry. F ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Wyffels
Specializes in Critical Care
You should not: Predicting a more proximal leg amputation depends on how well the 1st amputation level was determined to optmize healing & function, aggressive treatm ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alex Lechtman
29 years experience in Plastic Surgery
Possible: If those meds produce constriction of the blood vessels (like nicotine in cigarettes) then yes it could happen.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Oliver Aalami
22 years experience in Vascular Surgery
Indirectly Yes: Peripheral vascular disease develops more likely in people who smoke, have diabetes and who are older. There are other factors, but of the top three, ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Fung
Dr. John Fung answered
38 years experience in General Surgery
Unlikely: The risk of infection depends on what types of bacteria might have been introduced and the degree of injury. A simple cut with a relatively clean obj ... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience in Dentistry
?: I have never seen or heard of "gas gangrene" following tooth extraction. Did you mean to say something else?
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