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Dr. Mark Dickson
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Gangrene (Overview)

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.


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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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Dr. Mark Dickson
388 doctors shared insights

Gangrene (Overview)

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.


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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?

Surgery: True gangrene must be removed. See a wound specialist. ...Read more

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