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Handling Gangrene Condition
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
When you have a disease that causes occlusions in digital arteries (toes, not ankles or above), w/o gangrene, what is the best exercise or other lifestyle tip to accelerate healing & collaterals?
Walk: In general, a walking program is all that is needed. Work out the detail for your personal best results with your physician.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 2 more doctor answers
Other diseases: If you have diabetes or circulation problems an ingrown toenail could become much worse.
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.
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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