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A 35-year-old member asked:

What is gangrene?

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Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
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 an artery, atherosclerotic occlusion of an arterty, trauma to an artery or bacterial/toxic damage to the arterioles and tissues.
Dr. Rolando Melendez
A Verified Doctoranswered
12 years experience
Lack of blood: gangrene happens when the supply of blood is not enough to keep the tissue alive. When this happen the cells of the area begin dying to decrease the demand of blood to the area and increase the blood more proximally.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

What is the treatment for gangrene?

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Dr. Steven Frydman
Podiatry 48 years experience
Depending on locatio: May need to be removed, cut out, amputated to tissue that is healthy.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for gangrene?

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Dr. Steven Frydman
Podiatry 48 years experience
None: Gangrene is a problem of circulation and infection.
A 33-year-old member asked:

How could gangrene spread?

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Dr. Lori Wagner
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Locally: Gangrene spreads locally, peripherally extending out from a central location.
A 29-year-old member asked:

What is color of gangrene?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 57 years experience
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 asap.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Does gangrene smell?

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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
family medicine 15 years experience
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 usually a bad smell.

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