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How long does it take for gangrene to develop in a leg after a gunshot in a diabetic person?

How long does it take for gangrene to develop in a leg after a gunshot in a diabetic person?

Diabetes: It is not typical for gangrene to develop with most GSWs. Diabetics are at higher risk due to poor circulation on a capillary level. Dead tissue or certain aggressive bacteria can lead to gangrene. And this can be with Hours to days to weeks. Follow with a surgeon experienced in GSWs to avoid developing it in the first place ...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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How long does it typically take for gangrene to develop in a leg after a gunshot?

How long does it typically take for gangrene to develop in a leg after a gunshot?

Depends: Gangrene will only set in if the bullet hit and cut off the circulation to one of the main arteries. Every situation is different and without knowing where the bullet hit and which arteries were injured this question can not be accurately answered. Another and perhaps more important question is: can you move your leg/foot and do you have sensation. If yes, the your foot/leg is viable. ...Read more

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How long does it take for dry gangrene to develop after an infection? What symptoms should I look for?

How long does it take for dry gangrene to develop after an infection? What symptoms should I look for?

If you have: Infection get it treated, don't wait to develop dry gangrene, which also do not develop at your age of 23 due to infection, is seen in elderly due to circulation problems not due to infection. See your doctor. ...Read more

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How long does it take for gangrene to take affect?

How long does it take for gangrene to take affect?

Multiple factors: Gangrene is a rather generic description of a necrotizing infection. This mesns the bacteria are invading and killing normal tissue. The speed with wich this sets in depends on many factors including what organisms are causing the infection as well as many host factors such as diabetes, smoker status, vascular or herat disease etc... All of which may make the infection spread faster. ...Read more

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How long does it take for gangrene to go from dry to wet to septic shock to death?

How long does it take for gangrene to go from dry to wet to septic shock to death?

There is no set time: ...& can vary from hours to never. Gangrenous tissue should be surgically removed as soon as it is medically safe to do so (i.e., when anesthesia, if needed, can be tolerated) and something can be done to protect the raw tissue that's left behind- unless infection has already started in which case it's even more urgent and no longer as important to worry about covering the raw tissue right away. ...Read more

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How long does it take gangrene to form, it's due to intravenous drug use, used in the middle of the finger but only tip of finger is purple &?

How long does it take gangrene to form, it's due to intravenous drug use, used in the middle of the finger but only tip of finger is purple &?

It will form guickly: If the blood supply is not sufficient to keep the tissue alive. See a doctor before you loose your finger and see a doctor for rehab before you loose your life! ...Read more

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How long does it take for dry gangrene to become life threatening if untreated in foot?

How long does it take for dry gangrene to become life threatening if untreated in foot?

Seconds: Dry gangrene is dead tissue that can easily become infected and lead to life threatening sepsis and death. You should see a physician immediately to treat dry or wet gangrene. ...Read more

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How long does it take for wet gangrene to turn into sepsis?

How long does it take for wet gangrene to turn into sepsis?

It depends: It depends on the location and the size or volume of the wet gangrene. and the treatment provided. If it is on a toe, it may take a while. If it is most of the leg, it won't take as long. ...Read more

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How long should it take for a small patch of dry gangrene to fall off pinky toe?

How long should it take for a small patch of dry gangrene to fall off pinky toe?

Dry gangrene: A small patch of gangrene should self destruct on 3. -4 weeks first the scab had slowly loosen and fall off and then self heal. ...Read more

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Do I have gangrene? How long does it last?

Do I have gangrene? How long does it last?

Probably not: You forgot to provide any specifics, but "wet" gangrene usually lasts "the rest of your life" (which will be short, particularly if not treated aggressively). "dry" gangrene is like mummification, usually of a digit (toe/finger), where it dries/blackens/shrivels. ...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 long do people commonly survive at the stage of retinopathy & gangrene?

Not sure: If you are talking about complications from diabetes, those two conditions mean that diabetes has corroded the small blood vessels in the body. Try to have the blood sugar under good control. These conditions do not mean death is imminent. ...Read more

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Dads gallbladder was gangrene when removed. How long would it have taken to turn gangrene?

Dads gallbladder was gangrene when removed. How long would it have taken to turn gangrene?

Can't answer...: ...without seeing his operative or pathology report. There is no way to predict second-hand when his gallbladder turned gangrenous, or how close it was to perforating, based on the absence you've provided of any clinical information. Sorry, but this is a good question to re-direct to his surgeon (who was actually there). ...Read more

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With an untreated leg injury, how long would you have until you got gangrene?

With an untreated leg injury, how long would you have until you got gangrene?

Depends: Gangrene is just another term for dead tissue. It can be located anywhere, and depending on its cause, may be present in multiple locations on the body.

A leg injury may or may not become gangrenous, depending on a multitude of factors. ...Read more

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Can someone with gangrene that won't take care of it properly cause germs to spread? I've been going to meetings with her and gotten tonsillitis and stre

Can someone with gangrene that won't take care of it properly cause germs to spread? I've 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 have dry gangrene on my both palms and both feet soles what medicine I should take?

I have dry gangrene on my both palms and both feet soles what medicine I should take?

See a doctor: True gangrene is a result of a serious bacterial infection. What is the reason for both palms and soles to be affected? You need to be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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I'm in the oilfield and I dropped pipe on my fingers. Felt lots of pressure. Took ten seconds to lift off. No swelling or pain and blood flow good. Could I have gangrene? Tips of fingers little colder than normal. No open wounds or anything. How long does

I'm in the oilfield and I dropped pipe on my fingers. Felt lots of pressure. Took ten seconds to lift off. No swelling or pain and blood flow good. Could I have gangrene? Tips of fingers little colder than normal. No open wounds or anything. How long does

Unlikely: To be gangrene if you have good blood supply to your fingers. It sounds like a crush injury. If you have pink fingers and they move as normal and without pain and there are no open lesions it all sounds good. Continue to monitor the temperature of your fingers and follow up with your MD for concerns. All the best. ...Read more

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Have diaphragmatic hernia without obstruction or gangrene. Dr. says likely due to birth control. Am I not able to take hormonal birth control?

Have diaphragmatic hernia without obstruction or gangrene. Dr. says likely due to birth control. Am I not able to take hormonal birth control?

Question diagnosis: It may be very tiny and you do not have to do anything. It is usually a widening of the space in your diaphragm thru which yr esophagus goes from yr chest to yr stomach. If yr not having symptoms ("heartburn") leave well enough alone. Don't make everything into a problem that has to be fixed. ...Read more

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I developed severe dry gangrene on right foot after trauma, 4 toes already amputated, but it is spreading very slow. How long can I delay amputation?

I developed severe dry gangrene on right foot after trauma, 4 toes already amputated, but it is spreading very slow. How long can I delay amputation?

If there is no: Infection you can delay in definately as the gangrenous tissue will auto amputate, however, I would make sure I am evaluated by a vascular doctor. ...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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What is color of gangrene?

What is color of gangrene?

Darkening of skin: May be black. Gangrene is death of tissue. It may begin with discoloration of various hues, progress to black. If you are concerned see a doctor asap. ...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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Why do people get gangrene?

Why do people get gangrene?

Several reasons: Gangrene is tissue death. Generally the cause is due to poor or disrupted blood supply due to cardiovascular disease (hardening of the arteries) or infection. Blood clots are also a cause. Gangrene can also be caused by external sources such as severe burns, both chemical and thermal (heat and cold (frostbite)). Certain conditions like diabetes, kidney failure, high cholesterol will increase risk. ...Read more

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Does gangrene cause an odor?

Yes: Often times the first indication that an gangrene has set in is that there is the unmistakable rotting odor. If you suspect this, you should be seen immediately in an emergency setting. ...Read more