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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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Gangrene (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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A friends dad has gangrene in his toes. He's 78 & borderline diabetic. Dr said he'd amputate but that was months ago. Im wondering how fast it spreads?

A friends dad has gangrene in his toes. He's 78 & borderline diabetic. Dr said he'd amputate but that was months ago. Im wondering how fast it spreads?

Dry gangrene?: Hi. If your friend's Dad has dry gangrene, this is not due to infection (like gas or wet gangrene). Dry gangrene is simply due to no blood supply, and is not uncommon enough in diabetes. If it's dry gangrene, often the toes will autoamputate, which is safer than taking these vasculopathic patients to surgery. And if I had to guess, I'd say there's nothing "borderline" about his diabetes! ...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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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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About how fast does gangrene travel in a uncontrolled type 2 diabetic?

About how fast does gangrene travel in a uncontrolled type 2 diabetic?

It depends: It depends on a number of factors such as what type of organism, how advanced is the diabetes, what's the general condition of the patient. Etc. ...Read more

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Can someone with gangrene that wont take care of it properly cause germs to spread?Ive been going to meetings with her and gotten tonsillitis and stre

Can someone with gangrene that wont take care of it properly cause germs to spread?Ive been going to meetings with her and gotten tonsillitis and stre

Wet versus dry: Dry gangrene looks like black mummified tissue and will drop off by itself. Wet gangrene is associated with gas below the skin and can spread rapidly. It can be fatal if not treated promptedly. ...Read more

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I'm having bad circulation in my legs and diabetes is causing my toe to become black. Will gangrene spread?

I'm having bad circulation in my legs and diabetes is causing my toe to become black. Will gangrene spread?

Depends: Gangrene is not like an infection that spreads on its own. It develops when tissue dies from poor circulation. The best way to check if the gangrene is going to progress is to evaluate the blood flow to the foot. This can be done with an arterial ultrasound. ...Read more

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My 88 year old mom has developed gangrene in her toes, which has now compromised her foot doc says it will spread, how will this develop?

My 88 year old mom has developed gangrene in her toes, which has now compromised her foot doc says it will spread, how will this develop?

No blood flow: Gangrene is the end result of not enough blood getting to the tissue. It can be from blood vessel blockages, caused by problems like diabetes or smoking, or from infection. If the problem is caught before the tissue dies, sometimes the underlying cause can be corrected. If gangrene has set it, sometimes amputation is the only option - and may be life-saving. ...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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