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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

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 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 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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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 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 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 common is gangrene from a gall bladder functioning only 15%. I have no pain but temp rising to 100 last few days & nausous. ?

How common is gangrene from a gall bladder functioning only 15%. I have no pain but temp rising to 100 last few days & nausous. ?

Very rare : gangrene in the gallbladder happen from a stone blocking the cystic duct cause enough swelling it will compromise the perfusion and the circulation and cause gangrene dysfunctional GBM can cause fever without gangrene my advise go to the ER Or go and see your surgeon ...Read more