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Gangrene (Definition)

A medical term describing the death of body tissue ...Read more


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Is gangrene contagious? Someone keeps coming to these meetings with it and won't go for intravenous antibiotics and has her feet exposed and it smells

Is gangrene contagious? Someone keeps coming to these meetings with it and won't go for intravenous antibiotics and has her feet exposed and it smells

Not contagious: But exposed wounds exposed wound may transmit infections to others if they have even a minor wounds, will get infected, ask the person gently to cover the wounds with sterile dressings ...Read more

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Fournier`s gangrene: she is getting out of the hospital soon. What do we need to know when we get her home?

Fournier`s gangrene: she is getting out of the hospital soon. What do we need to know when we get her home?

Control diabetes: Fournier's is an aggressive infection of the groin area. Usually requires surgical removal of tissue. Most patients require long term wound care. Happens most commonly in diabetics, so sugar control is essential. Often a surgeon, urologist and plastic surgeon are involved. Follow their recommendations. Keeping the wound clean is essential. ...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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Does gangrene keeps repating?

Information: Once treated either medically or surgically, it should not recurr unless the saem causative things are repeated. ...Read more

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What exactly is gangrene disease?

What exactly is gangrene disease?

Dead tissue: Gangrene is a term used to describe dead tissue. Usually tissue that is no longer getting sufficient oxygen. ...Read more

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What ways is gangrene is caused from?

What ways is gangrene is caused from?

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 an 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

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How to tell if I'm developing gangrene?

How to tell if I'm developing gangrene?

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

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What is gangrene? What are its symptoms?

What is gangrene? What are its symptoms?

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

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Can gangrene have any nicknames or aliases?

Can gangrene have any nicknames or aliases?

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

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What is gangrene disease and how is it treated?

What is gangrene disease and how is it treated?

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

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Does gangrene smell?

Does gangrene smell?

Usually yes.: Gangrene happens when blood supply to a tissue or body part is compromised. The tissue dies, becomes black... It's not pretty, and yes, there's usually a bad smell. ...Read more

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Can gout turn into gangrene?

Can gout turn into gangrene?

No: Gout is when uric acid crystals form in your joints. Gangrene is when you lose blood flow to your tissues and they die. Gout isn't associated with gangrene, but it wouldn't be impossible for someone with gout to also form gangrene. ...Read more

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What causes fournier gangrene?

What causes fournier gangrene?

Seen in diabetics: Fournier's gangrene is seen in neglected untreated diabetics, infection of genitalia starts at scrotum rapidly spreads if untreated it is lethal., need extensive debridements, frequent dressings and antibiotics. ...Read more

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Can gallbladder cause gangrene?

Can gallbladder cause gangrene?

Well...: Gangrene simply means dead tissue. An infected gallbladder can become gangrenous and perforate if not properly cared for. ...Read more

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What would gangrene smell like?

Bad: If you've ever smelled a dead animal or rotting meat, you have a good idea of what wet gangrene smells like. Dry gangrene may not have much smell because the dead tissue has dried out. ...Read more

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Do you get tetanus from gangrene?

Do you get tetanus from gangrene?

Possibly: The processes which produce gangrene imply the loss of nutrient blood supply to tissue thru infection triggered blood clots, frostbite, etc. As the skin begins to break down the open areas could be contaminated by tetanus spores & tetanus germs could contaminate that wound & produce tetanus. However, gangreen can exist without tetanus germs & have a variety of other germs that are just as deadly. ...Read more

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Can cellulitis turn into gangrene?

Can cellulitis turn into gangrene?

Could.: Both are infections. In cellulitis the tissues are injured but "not dead yet." Gangrene implies that the tissues have died. Gangrene can be wet or dry or even gas gangrene. Sometimes cellulitis and gangrene co-exist with a central area of gangrene and surrounding cellulitis. In any case dead tissue must be removed surgically. ...Read more

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How to treat gangrene wounds and sores?

How to treat gangrene wounds and sores?

See doctor: Treating gangrene in a wound is a serious situation, you should be seeing a doctor immediately. Serious and life threatening infection may occur. The general treatment is to discover why there is gangrene, may be established infection, poor blood supply, or even an immune response where the body attacks its own tissues. Removal of the dead tissue and treating infection are critical. ...Read more

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Can gangrene caused by wartner be fixed?

Can gangrene caused by wartner be fixed?

Gangrene cannot be -: Fixed. The tissue is dead. It needs to be removed from the body before infection occurs in it and spreads to the rest of the body. ...Read more

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What is dry gangrene? Is there wet form too?

What is dry gangrene? Is there wet form too?

Dead tissue: Dry gangrene refers to dead (necrotic) tissue that is not infected with microbes. The area may look black with a red, painful, warm border. Wet gangrene is moist, necrotic tissue that is infected with a variety of microbes that can produce nasty smelling gasses. Of course, wet gangrene is worse than dry. ...Read more

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How does gangrene damage the rest of the body?

How does gangrene damage the rest of the body?

Infection: Gangrene is a severe infection, with tissue and bone involvement. The bacteria that cause it are particularly aggressive, and can be life threatening, by seeding the rest of the body with bacteria, particularly the heart, kidneys, lungs, and brain. ...Read more

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Frenulum ripped, can it get gangrene, what to do?

Frenulum ripped, can it get gangrene, what to do?

Very unlikely: If you don't have any underlying condition that suppress you immune system. You can get other infections, however, so try to keep it clean and use antiseptic mouthwash for few days until it heals. ...Read more

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What is the structure and life cycle of gangrene?

What is the structure and life cycle of gangrene?

Gangrene: In the early stages, gangrene typically begins with a wound surrounded by redness followed by tissue death with darkened avascular tissue, drainage, air entrapped in the tissues causing a crunching sound with eventual malodorous drainage and red streaks running up the leg followed by fever, sepsis and eventually death may occur in untreated gangrene. ...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

Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more