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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

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Gangrene (Definition)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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My uncle had bad frostbite on his leg. Because it took so long to be treated, they say it might turn into gangrene. How long would it take to turn?

My uncle had bad frostbite on his leg. Because it took so long to be treated, they say it might turn into gangrene. How long would it take to turn?

Fairly fast: Look for hard spots or dark areas. Usually at the very ends of the extremities like at the tip of the toes.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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