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Intestine (Definition)

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


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My stomach bloats up immediately after eating and I cant sit comfortably. Nine years ago had surgery for gangrene in small intestine?

My stomach bloats up immediately after eating and I cant sit comfortably. Nine years ago had surgery for gangrene in small intestine?

Bloating: It is possible you are constipated or have impaired gastric relaxation secondary to your previous surgery. Try increasing the amount of water and fiber in your diet. Alternatively, stool softeners may be of some relief. ...Read more

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If I have a gallbladder infection like gangrene. Wouldn't I have severe symptoms?

If I have a gallbladder infection like gangrene. Wouldn't I have severe symptoms?

Gallbladder issues: Dear Matthew 1:
I recommend you follow-up with a board certified general surgeon as soon as possible. If your symptoms are severe please go to an emergency room. ...Read more

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How long does it take for dry gangrene to develop after an infection? What symptoms should I look for?

How long does it take for dry gangrene to develop after an infection? What symptoms should I look for?

If you have: Infection get it treated, don't wait to develop dry gangrene, which also do not develop at your age of 23 due to infection, is seen in elderly due to circulation problems not due to infection. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Symptoms of gangrene look like what?

Symptoms of gangrene look like what?

Dark tissue: The tissues that become gangrenous are dead because they have lost their blood supply. Eventually they become a shade of grey or black. ...Read more

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What is gangrene? What are its symptoms?

What is gangrene? What are its symptoms?

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

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Please explain what are some symptoms for gangrene?

Please explain what are some symptoms for gangrene?

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

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What are the early symptoms of gangrene in the foot?

What are the early symptoms of gangrene in the foot?

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

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Can you tell me the symptoms of gangrene in a diabetic?

Can you tell me the symptoms of gangrene in a diabetic?

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

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Fournier`s gangrene: she is getting out of the hospital soon. What do we need to know when we get her home?

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

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What is a cause for gangrene?

What is a cause for gangrene?

Two kinds: 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

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How can you tell im developing gangrene?

See your doctor!: If you're asking this question you need to be seen by a doctor! gangrene is very serious and can cause severe consequences. Don't guess... Go have your doctor check it out! ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Gangrene?

What is the definition or description of: Gangrene?

Ischemic tissue: Gangrene is the natural end outcome for irreversible tissue ischemia, characterized by tissue infarction, liquefactive or dry necrosis, and infection with multiple bacterial organisms. Usually a result of loss of arterial oxygenated blood to an end organ. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are some cures/remedies for gangrene?

I was wondering what are some cures/remedies for gangrene?

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

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What is gangrene? What causes gangrene and how fast can it sperad?

What is gangrene? What causes gangrene and how fast can it sperad?

Dead tissue: Gangrene is ultimately caused by death of the cells that make up a tissue or organ. It can be cused by loss of blood flow, infection, trauma, etc. If infection, it can spread extremely fast, often mediated by toxins elaborated by the bacteria- hours. ...Read more

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Does gangrene smell?

Does gangrene smell?

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. ...Read more

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Can gallbladder cause gangrene?

Can gallbladder cause gangrene?

Well...: Gangrene simply means dead tissue. An infected gallbladder can become gangrenous and perforate if not properly cared for. ...Read more

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What are the differences between inflammation and gangrene?

What are the differences between inflammation and gangrene?

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

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What are the differences between infarction and gangrene?

What are the differences between infarction and gangrene?

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

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Can you get gangrene from a wart?

Can you get gangrene from a wart?

No: Gangrene develops only when blood circulation to the part of the body is cut off. ...Read more

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How likely is getting gangrene in your hands?

How likely is getting gangrene in your hands?

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

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How to differentiate between a bruise and a gangrene?

How to differentiate between a bruise and a gangrene?

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

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Can high amounts of allopathic drugs induce dry gangrene?

Can high amounts of allopathic drugs induce dry gangrene?

Possible: If those meds produce constriction of the blood vessels (like nicotine in cigarettes) then yes it could happen. ...Read more

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Why is hemoglobin concentration increased in dry gangrene?

Why is hemoglobin concentration increased in dry gangrene?

Chronic hypoxia: Compromised circulation resulting in chronic hypoxia. Elevated HGB associated with increased risk for complications. ...Read more

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What is the mortality rate of colitis once gangrene sets in?

What is the mortality rate of colitis once gangrene sets in?

Depends: Mortality depends on how quickly the patient is taken to surgery after the bowel becomes gangrenous, and on how healthy the patient was prior to getting into the serious bowel trouble (eg. Pre-existing serious liver or heart problems). ...Read more

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What are effective treatments to gangrene besides amputation?

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

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Gangrene (Definition)

A medical term describing the death of body tissue ...Read more