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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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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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