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Doctor insights on: Sunken Spots Leg Muscles Gangrene

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I am getting sunken spots in my leg muscles. Am I getting gangrene?

I am getting sunken spots in my leg muscles. Am I getting gangrene?

No, but Dr can check: Gangrene is dead flesh, which would cause not just a "sunken spot" but lots of other symptoms such as pain, swelling, redness, fever, etc..., if it were in or on one's leg muscles. However, "sunken spots" are unusual and should be examined by a primary care doctor. ...Read more

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Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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I have blotchy brown circular spots coming from under the skin on my calf muscle ( only one leg ) ?

I have blotchy brown circular spots coming from under the skin on my calf muscle ( only one leg ) ?

Animal at home?: Dogs and cats can give you ringworn, an annular fungus that usually clears with otc lotrimin (clotrimazole). Ask someone you know with pets if they have ever had a rash like yours. If it persists more than 2 weeks see a physician. ...Read more

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I have a tender spot in my right legs hamstring. The spot feels a little cool after rubbing it. Pulled/torn muscle?

I have a tender spot in my right legs  hamstring. The spot feels a little cool after rubbing it. Pulled/torn muscle?

Hamstring pain: The hamstring in the posterior thigh can be tender for many reasons. If it does not improve, a B mode ultrasound study will be helpful in delineating the etiology. In the interim, use topical heat and consider taking ibuprofen under the guidance of your primary care doctor. ...Read more

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If a person has gangrene in his toe, why is it necessary to eliminate half of his leg?

If a person has gangrene in his toe, why is it necessary to eliminate half of his leg?

Not always: Even if there is only visible toe gangrene sometimes the surgeon is concerned about poor healing of the toe amputation wound. Perhaps the circulation is so poor that an amputation at the level of the knee is more likely to heal. Sometimes the circulation can be improved to increase the chances of healing. ...Read more

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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