A 33-year-old member asked:
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why isn't there an immune response to gangrene if it causes bacterial infections in fingers?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
Frostbite: Frostbite is dead tissue from freezing damage. Gangrene would be from the dead tissue, not bacteria. Dead tissue may become secondarily infected with bacteria. Immune response does not help dead tissue & our bodies do not replace or regrow dead structures.
Answered on Jun 17, 2013
Dr. Barry Cohen
33 years experience Plastic Surgery
Interesting q: Gangrenous areas typically have no blood supply, the conduit for an immune response.
Answered on Sep 13, 2013

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Dr. Ronald Oberman
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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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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Possible: Hypothyroidism can weakened immune system. Hashimotos is easily treated. See your doc for proper treatment.
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