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Bowel Gangrene Symptoms
The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more
If your small intestine ruptures, how long does it take for gangrene to set in and take affect? What causes your small intestine to rupture?
My stomach bloats up immediately after eating and I cant sit comfortably. Nine years ago had surgery for gangrene in small intestine?
How long does it take for dry gangrene to develop after an infection? What symptoms should I look for?
Depends: Gangrene is dead tissue. It can be painless, as in dry gangrene of a toe in a person with diabetes or vascular disease. Or it can be very painful, if it is somewhere that has intact nerve endings. Medical attention is mandatory, because if untreated, it can--and frequently does--lead to death. Even treatment sometimes is futile if it arrives too late. ...Read more
Sometimes None: Gangrene results with loss of blood flow to tissues, resulting in death of the tissues which cannot survive without oxygen and blood flow. Areas often start to darken and eventually look like a black scab area. Occasionally pain and swelling above the site is noted. You should see an md for evaluation very soon, as it can lead to severe and life threatening problems. ...Read more
S&S of foot gangrene: In the early stages, a wound surrounded by redness followed by tissue death with darkened avascular tissue, drainage, air entrapped in the tissues causing a crunching sound with eventual malodorous drainage and red streaks running up the leg followed by fever, sepsis and eventually death may occur in untreated gangrene. ...Read more
Pain / discoloration: Gangrene develops when the tissues die due to loss of blood flow the first sign is discoloration. The tissue first looks mottled then pale before slowly turning darker and darker until completely black. This is typically a painful process. However diabetic patients with neuropathy may have less pain. ...Read more
Fournier`s gangrene: she is getting out of the hospital soon. What do we need to know when we get her home?
Control diabetes: Fournier's is an aggressive infection of the groin area. Usually requires surgical removal of tissue. Most patients require long term wound care. Happens most commonly in diabetics, so sugar control is essential. Often a surgeon, urologist and plastic surgeon are involved. Follow their recommendations. Keeping the wound clean is essential. ...Read more
Dry gangrene is simply dead tissue. It could have been caused by freezing, burns, or a severe interruption of circulation with the necessary nutrients and oxygen
wet gangrene is a type of infection of the dead tissue by a very specific bacteria. This bacteria produces a variety of toxins which can spread, cause more dead tissue (necrosis) and kill you. This is an emergency. ...Read more
Remove dead tissues: Md will aggressively remove dead tissues (call debridement) in order to get back to tissue that has blood supply and can carry antibiotics to the wound. Many now include biocellular treatment to the areas above the gangrenous areas with fat and platelet concentrates to increase circulatory ability. Wound cannot heal without oxygen and circulation. ...Read more
Blood flow: inflammation is a normal response to an injury or infection, causing redness, soreness, warmth, and swelling. Now, gangrene is a condition wherein the blood supply to an area is inadequate, perhaps caused by severe inflammation, and the tissue actually dies, turning dark or black, and will not normalize. The tissue will slough or have to be excised. I hope this helps. Good luck. ...Read more
Good question: When blood supply is interrupted the segment tissue that receives blood will die scar tissue will fill the gap as seen in heart attach myocardial infraction. (heart attack), in gangrene initial stages same tissue necrosis or death tissue occurs, then get infected as seen in lower extremities and bowel etc. ...Read more
Small: Unlike the foot, there are two arches delivering blood flow to the fingers and hand. There is excellent collateral circulation in the hand as well. To develop gangrenous changes, all the blood flow would need to be shut down so low as to allow ischemia and gangrene to start. That is not likely. (it can happen though, like in frostbite...). ...Read more
Totally different: A bruise is the result of trauma to the skin region where slight bleeding occurs and a ill defined hemorrhagic area results that appears as what is know as a bruise. A result is that there is usually tenderness in the area. Gangrene is loss of blood supply to the tissue which causes death of the involved tissue and blackening of the dead tissue with loss of warmth and associated vascular pulse ...Read more
Not likely: If you are worried, make an appointment for a doctor to check it out. ...Read more
Gangrene: Is irreversible but to heal above it you need blood supply. In patients with toe gangrene and perfusion pressure of less than 40 mm hg a mid foot amputation, a b-k amputation will fail. With revasculaization even the foot could be salvaged and a mid foot amputation does not require prosthesis. ...Read more