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Dr. Mark Dickson
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Gangrene (Overview)

A medical term describing the death of body tissue anywhere in the body.


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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

Dr. Mark Dickson
395 Doctors shared insights

Gangrene (Overview)

A medical term describing the death of body tissue anywhere in the body.


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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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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 are the signs of gangrene occurring because of wartner?

What are the signs of gangrene occurring because of wartner?

Things to consider: Not typical for over the counter Wartner. Contains chemicals w/ a freezing action on the wart /skin. If you have other conditions related to poor circulation or diabetes, discoloration &/or skin breakdown can occur. With these conditions Wartner may compromise the skin and local superficial vessels. Have your doc check.
Gangrene: death of tissue.
Signs :dark color w/severe pain or loss of feeling ...Read more

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How do you know if you're getting gangrene?

How do you know if you're getting gangrene?

Usually obvious: Gangrene means dead tissue. When infected it is called wet gangrene because the pus makes it wet and smelly. This is an absolute emergency and these people ae usually deathly sick. Dry gangrene is not infected but still should be seen right away because it usually means something needs to be fixed and because it can progress quickly to becoming infected. Both are usually black or gray in color? ...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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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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How to treat gangrene wounds and sores?

How to treat gangrene wounds and sores?

See doctor: Treating gangrene in a wound is a serious situation, you should be seeing a doctor immediately. Serious and life threatening infection may occur. The general treatment is to discover why there is gangrene, may be established infection, poor blood supply, or even an immune response where the body attacks its own tissues. Removal of the dead tissue and treating infection are critical. ...Read more

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What is gangrene disease and how is it treated?

What is gangrene disease and how is it treated?

Defined below: Gangrene means death of tissue somewhere in your body. That alone can cause problems with loss of function, but when the dead tissue becomes infected, this can become life threatening (e.g. Gas gangrene). The treatment and prognosis depends on the location, amount of tissue and whether there is infection. Dead tissue may need to be removed, if infection occurs, antibiotics may be necessary. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for gangrene?

What is the treatment for gangrene?

Depending on locatio: May need to be removed, cut out, amputated to tissue that is healthy. ...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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What is the most recommended ointment to cure gangrene or ulcers on diabetic foot?

What is the most recommended ointment to cure gangrene or ulcers on diabetic foot?

No ointment: There is no cure for gangrene, it usually requires surgical debridement and correction of any underlying circulation abnormality that may be contributing. Diabetic ulcers in general are often treated with debridement, off-loading, and various ointments depending on the nature of the wound. ...Read more

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If you have a foot amputation to get rid of gangrene, will you later need a leg amputation?

If you have a foot amputation to get rid of gangrene, will you later need a leg amputation?

It is possible.: Sometime people go on to have a higher level amputation if the infection is not controlled or if the circulation is not adequate for healing to take place. ...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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Can a person be more likely to get gangrene from his genetics?

Can a person be more likely to get gangrene from his genetics?

Indirectly Yes: Peripheral vascular disease develops more likely in people who smoke, have diabetes and who are older. There are other factors, but of the top three, diabetes is the one which can be genetically transmitted. Smoking can be controlled. Consult your primary care physician to see if you are at risk for developing diabetes. ...Read more

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If I have a fresh cut on my thigh tht bled and I took a bath am I at risk for gangrene? Or any other infections?

If I have a fresh cut on my thigh tht bled and I took a bath am I at risk for gangrene? Or any other infections?

Bath water is dirty: Bath water is not clean water (from a wound perspective) as you sitting in it, as there are germs but they would be diluted by the amount of water present. You can potentially get an infection but unlikely. Treat the area with topical antibiotics ; dressings and have your pcp look at it. Till wound heals, it would be prudent to have showers and use protectant dressings. ...Read more

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What can be done to effectively prevent gas gangrene following tooth extraction?

What can be done to effectively prevent gas gangrene following tooth extraction?

?: I have never seen or heard of "gas gangrene" following tooth extraction. Did you mean to say something else? ...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 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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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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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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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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Does gangrene keeps repating?

Information: Once treated either medically or surgically, it should not recurr unless the saem causative things are repeated. ...Read more

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What exactly is gangrene disease?

What exactly is gangrene disease?

Dead tissue: Gangrene is a term used to describe dead tissue. Usually tissue that is no longer getting sufficient oxygen. ...Read more