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Can you explain the difference between dry and wet gangrene?

Can you explain the difference between dry and wet gangrene?

Infected or not: Dry gangrene is like a piece of leather and does not need immediate treatment. When dry gangrene progresses to being infected then we call it wet and this needs immediate treatment. Gangrene is considered wet when there is drainage, cellulitis or a foul odor. ...Read more

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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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With wet gangrene is surgical intervention always necessary?

With wet gangrene is surgical intervention always necessary?

Usually yes: Wet gangrene is quite dangerous and can potentially lead to loss of life if the infection becomes serious enough. It is therefore a must to have the dead tissue removed and cleaned up so that the healing process may begin and the dead tissue is not available for the bacteria. ...Read more

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How long does it take for wet gangrene to turn into sepsis?

How long does it take for wet gangrene to turn into sepsis?

It depends: It depends on the location and the size or volume of the wet gangrene. and the treatment provided. If it is on a toe, it may take a while. If it is most of the leg, it won't take as long. ...Read more

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Im Diabateic on dialysis Just had below knee leg amputation because of wet gangrene, can I apply manuka honey dressing on amputation wound for healing?

Im Diabateic on dialysis Just had below knee leg amputation because of wet gangrene, can I apply manuka honey dressing on amputation wound for healing?

Yes but: in general yes, depend do you have an open wound or the wound is closed and you want to speed up the healing because of your diabetes, actually honey dressing have been very popular for wound healing. It is always better to check with the surgeons that performed the surgery to make sure that there is no objection. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between gangrene and gout?

I want to know what is the difference between gangrene and gout?

Two completely: Different diseases. Gangrene is not enough blood flow. Gout is excessive uric acid that cystalizes in joint. Treatment is also completely different. Get to a doctor. ...Read more

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What is the clinical difference between necrotizing fasciitis and gas gangrene?

What is the clinical difference between necrotizing fasciitis and gas gangrene?

Life threatening : They are both life threatening illnesses.The bacterial causes are different, but generally they both need surgical intervention and antibiotic therapy. ...Read more

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Can any doc tell me what's the difference between necrotizing facsiitis and gas gangrene?

Pretty much the same: "Gas gangrene" tends to refer to one specific bacteria (Clostridium perfringens) which may be part of many bacteria causing necrotizing fasciitis. Both are bad and require swift, extensive, and often disfiguring surgery to save people's lives. ...Read more

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