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Can gangrene strike anywhere on the body?

Can gangrene strike anywhere on the body?

Yes: Yes it can but it typically effects body parts that have poor blood supply because the bacteria thrive in an anaerobic environment. Therefore it tends to effect the extremities. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Dickson
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Gangrene (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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How does gangrene damage the rest of the body?

How does gangrene damage the rest of the body?

Infection: Gangrene is a severe infection, with tissue and bone involvement. The bacteria that cause it are particularly aggressive, and can be life threatening, by seeding the rest of the body with bacteria, particularly the heart, kidneys, lungs, and brain. ...Read more

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I found out one can get it from injury (when it kills body tissue), but what exactly does an infection do to cause gangrene, what do you recommend?

I found out one can get it from injury (when it kills body tissue), but what exactly does an infection do to cause gangrene, what do you recommend?

Treat the infection: Infection can cause swelling and decreased blood circulation to an area and cause tissue necrosis. Management of infection, includes local care, identifying cause of infection and then treatment with culture specific antibiotics. See your pcp for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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If my mom has gangrene on her left toe, does this mean that it is on other parts of her body?

If my mom has gangrene on her left toe, does this mean that it is on other parts of her body?

Not necessarily: If she has diabetes or peripheral artery disease, the toes are very susceptible to gangrene. They are at end of blood supply and nerves, and prone to injury. Depending on cause, the same pathology may involve all vessels and nerves, though she is not yet seeing symptoms in those areas. Treatment of underlying cause can slow progression. ...Read more

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What is gangrene?

What is gangrene?

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. ...Read more

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What causes gangrene?

What causes gangrene?

Bacteria: Gangrene comes from an infection which invades quickly into tissue from a break in the skin or other body defenses. Not all bacteria can do this, but certain soil and gut bacteria can. Certain Strep can also behave aggressively. People with impaired immunity are more susceptible. ...Read more

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How could gangrene spread?

How could gangrene spread?

Not gangrene: It's not the gangrene that spreads, but the infection associated with it, or as the vascular supply is compromised, the tissues continue to die. ...Read more

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What is color of gangrene?

What is color of gangrene?

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. ...Read more

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Why do people get gangrene?

Why do people get gangrene?

Several reasons: Gangrene is tissue death. Generally the cause is due to poor or disrupted blood supply due to cardiovascular disease (hardening of the arteries) or infection. Blood clots are also a cause. Gangrene can also be caused by external sources such as severe burns, both chemical and thermal (heat and cold (frostbite)). Certain conditions like diabetes, kidney failure, high cholesterol will increase risk. ...Read more

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Does gangrene cause an odor?

Yes: Often times the first indication that an gangrene has set in is that there is the unmistakable rotting odor. If you suspect this, you should be seen immediately in an emergency setting. ...Read more

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