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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

Dr. Mark Dickson
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Gangrene (Definition)

A medical term describing the death of body tissue ...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 mortality rate of fourniers gangrene? I have patient who has that disease and its sad to see him deproving each day.

What is the mortality rate of fourniers gangrene? I have patient who has that disease and its sad to see him deproving each day.

Age,kidneys,blood,..: In the following study the primary factors effecting mortality are age, renal function and presence of a coagulopathy as the three most important factors influencing mortality. Read the link for more info:

http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/19837424. ...Read more

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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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How can you tell im developing gangrene?

See your doctor!: If you're asking this question you need to be seen by a doctor! gangrene is very serious and can cause severe consequences. Don't guess... Go have your doctor check it out! ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Gangrene?

What is the definition or description of: Gangrene?

Ischemic tissue: 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. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are some cures/remedies for gangrene?

I was wondering what are some cures/remedies for gangrene?

Remove dead tissues: Md will aggressively remove dead tissues (call debridement) in order to get back to tissue that has blood supply and can carry antibiotics to the wound. Many now include biocellular treatment to the areas above the gangrenous areas with fat and platelet concentrates to increase circulatory ability. Wound cannot heal without oxygen and circulation. ...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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Does gangrene smell?

Does gangrene smell?

Usually yes.: Gangrene happens when blood supply to a tissue or body part is compromised. The tissue dies, becomes black... It's not pretty, and yes, there's usually a bad smell. ...Read more

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Can gout turn into gangrene?

Can gout turn into gangrene?

No: Gout is when uric acid crystals form in your joints. Gangrene is when you lose blood flow to your tissues and they die. Gout isn't associated with gangrene, but it wouldn't be impossible for someone with gout to also form gangrene. ...Read more

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What causes fournier gangrene?

What causes fournier gangrene?

Seen in diabetics: Fournier's gangrene is seen in neglected untreated diabetics, infection of genitalia starts at scrotum rapidly spreads if untreated it is lethal. , need extensive debridements, frequent dressings and antibiotics. ...Read more

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Can gallbladder cause gangrene?

Can gallbladder cause gangrene?

Well...: Gangrene simply means dead tissue. An infected gallbladder can become gangrenous and perforate if not properly cared for. ...Read more

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What would gangrene smell like?

Bad: If you've ever smelled a dead animal or rotting meat, you have a good idea of what wet gangrene smells like. Dry gangrene may not have much smell because the dead tissue has dried out. ...Read more

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Do you get tetanus from gangrene?

Do you get tetanus from gangrene?

Possibly: The processes which produce gangrene imply the loss of nutrient blood supply to tissue thru infection triggered blood clots, frostbite, etc. As the skin begins to break down the open areas could be contaminated by tetanus spores & tetanus germs could contaminate that wound & produce tetanus. However, gangreen can exist without tetanus germs & have a variety of other germs that are just as deadly. ...Read more

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Can cellulitis turn into gangrene?

Can cellulitis turn into gangrene?

Could.: Both are infections. In cellulitis the tissues are injured but "not dead yet." Gangrene implies that the tissues have died. Gangrene can be wet or dry or even gas gangrene. Sometimes cellulitis and gangrene co-exist with a central area of gangrene and surrounding cellulitis. In any case dead tissue must be removed surgically. ...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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Can gangrene caused by wartner be fixed?

Can gangrene caused by wartner be fixed?

Gangrene cannot be -: fixed. The tissue is dead. It needs to be removed from the body before infection occurs in it and spreads to the rest of the body. ...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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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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Frenulum ripped, can it get gangrene, what to do?

Frenulum ripped, can it get gangrene, what to do?

Very unlikely: if you don't have any underlying condition that suppress you immune system. You can get other infections, however, so try to keep it clean and use antiseptic mouthwash for few days until it heals. ...Read more

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What is the structure and life cycle of gangrene?

What is the structure and life cycle of gangrene?

Gangrene: In the early stages, gangrene typically begins with a wound surrounded by redness followed by tissue death with darkened avascular tissue, drainage, air entrapped in the tissues causing a crunching sound with eventual malodorous drainage and red streaks running up the leg followed by fever, sepsis and eventually death may occur in untreated gangrene. ...Read more

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How long after gangrene sets in is it untreatable?

How long after gangrene sets in is it untreatable?

Gangrene: There is complete loss of blood supply and the effects are immediate. ...Read more

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How fast does gangrene spread in a diabetic person?

How fast does gangrene spread in a diabetic person?

Variable: There are two types of gangrene. Wet gangrene is dead tissue with an infection and is an emergency because can lead to death. Dry gangrene is dead tissue from no blood flow without infection. This typically spreads slowly - months. Your physician will try and stop the spread of gangrene by getting increased blood flow to the area of necrosis to stop the spread. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me why diabetes causes gangrene?

Can you please tell me why diabetes causes gangrene?

Multiple factors: Gangrene or tissue death (necrosis) can occur when there is insufficient blood flow to tissues. Both the larger blood vessels and the smallest vessels are affected by diabetes. Also, neuropathy due to the effect of diabetes on nerves can lead to loss of protective sensation making tissues more susceptible to trauma which can lead to tissue loss. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the symptoms of gangrene in a diabetic?

Can you tell me the symptoms of gangrene in a diabetic?

Pain / discoloration: Gangrene develops when the tissues die due to loss of blood flow the first sign is discoloration. The tissue first looks mottled then pale before slowly turning darker and darker until completely black. This is typically a painful process. However diabetic patients with neuropathy may have less pain. ...Read more

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