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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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Dr. Mark Dickson
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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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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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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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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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How to know if I at risk of getting gangrene if I'm a borderline diabetic and a smoker?

How to know if I at risk of getting gangrene if I'm a borderline diabetic and a smoker?

Symptoms: Short of trowing an embolism, gangrene occurs well after symptoms have been present for some time. Diabetes makes it more likely to develop peripheral arterial disease, but does not mean you have to. Smoking, however, dose go a long way to making existing disease more of an issue. If you don't have symptoms, stop smoking before you do. ...Read more