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how fast does gangrene spread

A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
22 years experience Family Medicine
Hours to days: It's hard to answer this, as there are many factors that contribute to the spread of gangrene. If it is infected gangrene, the spread may take a few h ... Read More
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Dr. Ernest Zichal
19 years experience General Surgery
Variable: There are two types of gangrene. Wet gangrene is dead tissue with an infection and is an emergency because can lead to death. Dry gangrene is dead tis ... Read More
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Dr. Payam Rafat
21 years experience Podiatry
It depends.: Dry gangrene may develop fast or rapidly depending on the severity of the vascular disease. A wet gangrene may spread rapidly as the a bacterial infe ... Read More
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Dr. James Lin
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Who know?: Gangrene without infection usually results from poor circulation which progresses slowly and patient may just feel some ache but may not be really sic ... Read More
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Dry gangrene?: Hi. If your friend's Dad has dry gangrene, this is not due to infection (like gas or wet gangrene). Dry gangrene is simply due to no blood supply, and ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lori Wagner
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Locally: Gangrene spreads locally, peripherally extending out from a central location.
Dr. Leonard Grossman
35 years experience Plastic Surgery
Not gangrene: It's not the gangrene that spreads, but the infection associated with it, or as the vascular supply is compromised, the tissues continue to die.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Sarle
21 years experience Urology
Gangrene: Terrible infection.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience Family Medicine
It depends: It depends on a number of factors such as what type of organism, how advanced is the diabetes, what's the general condition of the patient. Etc.
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clifford Gevirtz
39 years experience Anesthesiology
Wet versus dry: Dry gangrene looks like black mummified tissue and will drop off by itself. Wet gangrene is associated with gas below the skin and can spread rapidly ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Oliver Aalami
22 years experience Vascular Surgery
Depends: Gangrene is not like an infection that spreads on its own. It develops when tissue dies from poor circulation. The best way to check if the gangrene i ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Danielle Dietz
20 years experience General Surgery
No blood flow: Gangrene is the end result of not enough blood getting to the tissue. It can be from blood vessel blockages, caused by problems like diabetes or smok ... Read More
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A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julian Raffoul
Specializes in General Practice
Unlikely: Diabetic foot amputations due to gangrene underscore a much bigger problem: POOR CONTROL OF DIABETES! If her gangrene has spread, amputation is a life ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ein
47 years experience 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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