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82 yoM, Pradaxa (Afib) til 7/8, when pain, small gangrene 5th toe. Now much worse. CABG, dementia, uses walker. Arteriogram/surg possible before 7/15?

82 yoM, Pradaxa (Afib) til 7/8, when pain, small gangrene 5th toe. Now much worse. CABG, dementia, uses walker. Arteriogram/surg possible before 7/15?

Unclear question.: Certainly consulting current treating physicians about surgery on the toe makes sense. The things that increase risk of heart disease and need for CABG all increase likelihood of dementia. Major surgeries like a CABG can cause, worsen and/or make cognitive impairment and dementia more apparent. Palliative care and symptom management may be a preferred approach. ...Read more

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My mom has develop dry gangrene in toe nails with heavy pain and she could sleep by laying on bed. She seats round the clock. Kindly advice treatment?

My mom has develop dry gangrene in toe nails with heavy pain and she could sleep by laying on bed. She seats round the clock. Kindly advice treatment?

Need vascular evalua: Sitting up improves blood flow- gangrene suggests insufficient blood supply. Do not wait. The evaluation is simple and can determine critical arterial blockages. ...Read more

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Mom (diabetic)has dry gangrene on toe. Angioplasty failed, doctors say vascular surgery imposible (foot veins too small), how can we restore bloodflow?

Mom (diabetic)has dry gangrene on toe. Angioplasty failed, doctors say vascular surgery imposible (foot veins too small), how can we restore bloodflow?

You don't: Gangrene is dead tissue. If there is gangrene of the toe, that part of the toe is gone. If there is poor blood flow to the leg, there are techniques to improve flow, starting proximally and going toward the foot. These may or may not work, but they are designed to limit the level of an amputation. ...Read more

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If you have dry gangrene in your toe is it safe to let the toe fall off on its own?

If you have dry gangrene in your toe is it safe to let the toe fall off on its own?

No: Need treatment because it would lead to more serious infection and possible loss of foot or leg. ...Read more

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If a person has dry gangrene in on one toe, is it ok to let it amputate itself?

If a person has dry gangrene in on one toe, is it ok to let it amputate itself?

Varying opinions: You will hear different opinions on this. If it were my toe, I would have it surgically amputated. That tissue is dead, so a secondary/emerging infection is possible and this can spread rapidly. I personally think the risk of that versus the risk of having surgery is greater. ...Read more

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Supposing you have dry gangrene in on one toe, is it ok to let it amputate itself?

Supposing you have dry gangrene in on one toe, is it ok to let it amputate itself?

Only if this is: Advice after seeing a vascular surgeon and or podiatrist. You need to assess the vascular flow tot he foot. If it is bad and you keep waiting you can lose more of your foot potentially. ...Read more

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My toe was fractured. It wasn't reduced properly. Now it is dry gangrene and last 2 toes don't touch ground. My doc tells me to wait. I'm distressed?

My toe was fractured. It wasn't reduced properly. Now it is dry gangrene and last 2 toes don't touch ground. My doc tells me to wait. I'm distressed?

Rare diagnosis at 22: Fracture of toes will not result dry gangrene, more often in elderly people with poor circulation. At 22 may not be gangrene, ecchymosis (old blood under the skin) may be interpreted as gangrene by you, Speak to your doctor again, if you are not happy get a second opinion s soon as possible. ...Read more

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How long should it take for a small patch of dry gangrene to fall off pinky toe?

How long should it take for a small patch of dry gangrene to fall off pinky toe?

Dry gangrene: A small patch of gangrene should self destruct on 3. -4 weeks first the scab had slowly loosen and fall off and then self heal. ...Read more

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Most of my 5th toe is dry gangrene some part is okay. Doc advised me to wait & watch it. My toe feels detached & hasn't been reduced properly.?

Most of my 5th toe is dry gangrene some part is okay. Doc advised me to wait & watch it. My toe feels detached & hasn't been reduced properly.?

Why?? and how???: Why a 22 years old get gangrene, it does not make any sense medically.
did you have an accident where your toe was crushed? Did you have a dislocation? even if you did have dislocation even if it was not reduced properly that does not cause gangrene.
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After a fracture reduction gone bad my dr tells me my toe is dry gangrene. But all of it is not black there are tiny red islands. Can I recover?

After a fracture reduction gone bad my dr tells me my toe is dry gangrene. But all of it is not black there are tiny red islands. Can I recover?

HOW BAD?: How bad a fracture can go?

the discoloration after trauma is not a gangrene, and I do not know why any doctor will make such a comment, because it is impossible for you to have a dry gangrene.
any toe fracture except the big toe could be reduced and taped to the next toe, and it will recover nicely.
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I developed severe dry gangrene on right foot after trauma, 4 toes already amputated, but it is spreading very slow. How long can I delay amputation?

I developed severe dry gangrene on right foot after trauma, 4 toes already amputated, but it is spreading very slow. How long can I delay amputation?

If there is no: Infection you can delay in definately as the gangrenous tissue will auto amputate, however, I would make sure I am evaluated by a vascular doctor. ...Read more

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I have lots of dry gangrene on right foot, lost 4 toes, but it doesn't go past the mid-foot. Why would they amputate to knee? Why not just that part?

I have lots of dry gangrene on right foot, lost 4 toes, but it doesn't go past the mid-foot. Why would they amputate to knee? Why not just that part?

Circulation: Normally if there is a problem with blood supply to the affected part, amputation to the point of adequate circulation is necessary. You need to insist on an explanation from your treating physicians before consenting ...Read more

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After a month of displaced toe fracture it's now dry gangrene. Immobile hard scaly. Also my last three toes don't touch the ground in neutral position?

After a month of displaced toe fracture it's now dry gangrene. Immobile hard scaly. Also my last three toes don't touch the ground in neutral position?

Are you seeing: A doctor? You need to be under the care of a doctor.
Sometimes people call a scab dry gangrene. Your vascular status and that of the dislocation need to be assessed, ...Read more

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Suffered a displaced phalanx fracture a month ago. Now my doc says my toe is dry gangrene except for a tiny portion at the ventral side. Can I recover?

Yes without toe: If Dr. Is correct and fractured phalanx has lost blood supply then loss of toe will occur. In an extremity when blood supply is lost a vascular surgeon attempts vessel graft but this requires a large vessel even if graft employed. In the toe no vessel can be re established when lost and gangrene sets in. With wet gangrene surgery needed immediately. Dry gangrene if left will need amputation ...Read more

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How long does it take for dry gangrene to become life threatening if untreated in foot?

How long does it take for dry gangrene to become life threatening if untreated in foot?

Seconds: Dry gangrene is dead tissue that can easily become infected and lead to life threatening sepsis and death. You should see a physician immediately to treat dry or wet gangrene. ...Read more

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Is it possible to treat dry gangrene without surgery of foot to kidney patient?

Is it possible to treat dry gangrene without surgery of foot to kidney patient?

Possibly: But probably not. You need vascular studies to see where
the blockage of blood flow is, and take it from there. One must be vigilant for ascending infections when gangrene is present. ...Read more

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Is dry gangrene treatable?

No treatment: Dry gangrene by definition is dead tissue. If it is dry you can allow it to seperate and fall off depending on where it is. The most important issue is why it happened and how to prevent it from recurring. The body will heal the living tissue and the gangrene will fall off like a scab. ...Read more

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If circulation is caught early, can dry gangrene be prevented or not?

If circulation is caught early, can dry gangrene be prevented or not?

Risk can be lowered: Signs of peripheral artery disease (pad) are: pain in the calf muscle with walking that is relieved with rest, pain in the foot at nighttime that improves with standing, and poorly healing foot or ankle wounds. Diagnosing pad, determining the severity of disease, and treating it appropriately (risk factor management and/or intervention) can help lessen the risk of developing gangrene. ...Read more

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What is dry gangrene? Is there wet form too?

What is dry gangrene? Is there wet form too?

Dead tissue: Dry gangrene refers to dead (necrotic) tissue that is not infected with microbes. The area may look black with a red, painful, warm border. Wet gangrene is moist, necrotic tissue that is infected with a variety of microbes that can produce nasty smelling gasses. Of course, wet gangrene is worse than dry. ...Read more

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