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how long can a person live with untreated gangrene

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Dr. Barry Press
44 years experience Plastic Surgery
Depends: Gangrene is just another term for dead tissue. It can be located anywhere, and depending on its cause, may be present in multiple locations on the bod ... Read More

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Dr. John Fung
Dr. John Fung answered
39 years experience General Surgery
Limited risk per se: Dry gangrene begins at the distal part of the limb due to ischemia (lack of blood supply) and often occurs in the toes and feet of elderly patients du ... Read More
Dr. Joey Bluhm
17 years experience General Surgery
Seconds: Dry gangrene is dead tissue that can easily become infected and lead to life threatening sepsis and death. You should see a physician immediately to ... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Koslow
43 years experience Vascular Surgery
Too many factors: I have seen gas gangrene develop in 18 hours. Other gangrene can take longer. Give me more info.
Dr. PHILLIP KIM
15 years experience General Practice
Depends: Diabetic ulcers do take a long time to heal if blood sugars are chronically elevated.
Dr. Jonathan Ellichman
22 years experience Vascular Surgery
24 hours to never: In this scenario gangrenr results from a vascular injury or a large amount of devitalized tissue. An arterial injury would lead to gangrene faster th ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
24 years experience Emergency Medicine
Probably not: You forgot to provide any specifics, but "wet" gangrene usually lasts "the rest of your life" (which will be short, particularly if not treated aggre ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Murray
33 years experience General Surgery
Multiple factors: Gangrene is a rather generic description of a necrotizing infection. This mesns the bacteria are invading and killing normal tissue. The speed with ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Cohen
34 years experience Plastic Surgery
Pretty broard q: Depends on many factors.... Wet or dry location cause infection diabetes blood supply to area most often requires debridement or .Amputation ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Timothy Perozek
23 years experience Ophthalmology
Not sure : If you are talking about complications from diabetes, those two conditions mean that diabetes has corroded the small blood vessels in the body. Try t ... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
39 years experience Gastroenterology
Can't answer...: ...without seeing his operative or pathology report. There is no way to predict second-hand when his gallbladder turned gangrenous, or how close it wa ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andres Katz
49 years experience Vascular Surgery
Depends: Dry gangrene is a reflection of artheriosclerosis, this entity involves the vessels of the body including heart and brain. A major cardiac event or a ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Earle
31 years experience General Surgery
Maybe never: Sometimes, what is considered "dry" gangrene (thinkong about tje toes in particular) can be like that for years. Sometimes it can get worse, and that ... Read More

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