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How Many People Have The Gangrene Disease
Defined below: Gangrene means death of tissue somewhere in your body. That alone can cause problems with loss of function, but when the dead tissue becomes infected, this can become life threatening (e.g. Gas gangrene). The treatment and prognosis depends on the location, amount of tissue and whether there is infection. Dead tissue may need to be removed, if infection occurs, antibiotics may be necessary. ...Read more
What is the mortality rate of fourniers gangrene? I have patient who has that disease and it's sad to see him deproving each day.
In the following study the primary factors effecting mortality are age, renal function and presence of a coagulopathy as the three most important factors influencing mortality. Read the link for more info:
http://www.Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/19837424. ...Read more
When you have a disease that causes occlusions in digital arteries (toes, not ankles or above), w/o gangrene, what is the best exercise or other lifestyle tip to accelerate healing & collaterals?
Walk: In general, a walking program is all that is needed. Work out the detail for your personal best results with your physician. ...Read more
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
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
Dry gangrene is simply dead tissue. It could have been caused by freezing, burns, or a severe interruption of circulation with the necessary nutrients and oxygen
wet gangrene is a type of infection of the dead tissue by a very specific bacterium. These bacteria produces a variety of toxins which can spread, cause more dead tissue (necrosis) and kill you. This is an emergency. ...Read more
Diabetes and Smoking: The two most common causes of peripheral arterial disease. Even in 2013, there is untreatable vascular disease, either due to limitations of medicine or patient non-compliance. Don't smoke, stay active and healthy, and barring any congenital disease, the chance of developing gangrene is very low. ...Read more
Tissue death: It is tissue death due 2 no blood supply 2 meat the extremities needs. It can b dry meaning no infection & if it's a finger or a toe, it can just die & fall off. Wet means that infection is present a needs amputation so u do not become septic. Also, a vascular procedure can b done 2 get better blood supply 2 the extremity, & hopefully prevent further loss of limb or digits. The dead tissues=black. ...Read more
Dry or wet?: Either is fairly obvious and requires treatment. Wet unusually associated with progressive necrosis/death of tissues with a foul odor and occasionally has air in fhe tissues characterized by a crunchy sound when pressed. If usually occurs in immunocompromised patients in areas of compromised blood supply. The area is surrounded by increased redness. Dry gangrene tends to exhibit black tissue. ...Read more
Depends: Gangrene is dead tissue. It can be painless, as in dry gangrene of a toe in a person with diabetes or vascular disease. Or it can be very painful, if it is somewhere that has intact nerve endings. Medical attention is mandatory, because if untreated, it can--and frequently does--lead to death. Even treatment sometimes is futile if it arrives too late. ...Read more
Usually obvious: Gangrene means dead tissue. When infected it is called wet gangrene because the pus makes it wet and smelly. This is an absolute emergency and these people ae usually deathly sick. Dry gangrene is not infected but still should be seen right away because it usually means something needs to be fixed and because it can progress quickly to becoming infected. Both are usually black or gray? ...Read more
Some: Gangrene is a dusky to black tissue appearance due to necrosis (tissue death). The causes are many and the names revolve around those causes such as "wet" (gooey infected looking), "dry" (black mummified like frost bite, "gas", bubbly/gassy due to gas producing infection. Some times the location is inferred such as fournier's gangrene of the groin/perineum from urinary or rectal infection, etc. ...Read more
Gangrene occurs because there is not enough circulation to a body part. That area becomes dark, eventually turning black. The skin shrivels and wrinkles and becomes tough like leather. In some cases there may be a smell associated with it as well.
This is a very serious problem and should be seen by a doctor immediately. ...Read more
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