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What is the treatment for gangrene?

What is the treatment for gangrene?

Depending on locatio: May need to be removed, cut out, amputated to tissue that is healthy. ...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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Why is hyperbaric oxygen treatment used for gangrene?

Why is hyperbaric oxygen treatment used for gangrene?

Gas Gangrene: Clostridia bacteria causes gas gangrene. It normally grows in low oxygen. High pressure oxygen can prevent it from reproducing. This in turns leads to less toxins ; stopping it's spread. ...Read more

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My mom has develop dry gangrene in toe nails with heavy pain and she could sleep by laying on bed.She seats round the clock.Kindly advice treatment?

My mom has develop dry gangrene  in toe nails with heavy pain  and she could sleep by laying on bed.She seats round the clock.Kindly advice treatment?

Need vascular evalua: Sitting up improves blood flow- gangrene suggests insufficient blood supply. Do not wait. The evaluation is simple and can determine critical arterial blockages. ...Read more

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The vascular surgeon told my mother she has early stages of gangrene in her foot. What is the treatment?

The vascular surgeon told my mother she has early stages of gangrene in her foot. What is the treatment?

Gangrene Treatment: If it is in the early stages, then the foot can usually be salvaged, but time is of the essence. The first steps would include assessing the arterial ciruculation of the leg w/ ultrasound, ct scan, or MRI of the arteries. This helps to determine the best treatment approach. Most common therapy: catheterization w/ angioplasty or stenting or surgical bypass of diseases arteries causing the gangrene. ...Read more

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How much time can you live with gangrene and the doctors can't do anything because he wouldn't survive the surgery?

How much time can you live with gangrene and the doctors can't do anything because he wouldn't survive the surgery?

Depends on severity: Much depends on extent, location and severity. True gangrene is a progressive infection and if not treated properly is usually fatal. Also depends on how rapidly it is moving and whether there are signs of systemic illness, such as fever, low blood pressure, delirium. ...Read more

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With wet gangrene is surgical intervention always necessary?

With wet gangrene is surgical intervention always necessary?

Usually yes: Wet gangrene is quite dangerous and can potentially lead to loss of life if the infection becomes serious enough. It is therefore a must to have the dead tissue removed and cleaned up so that the healing process may begin and the dead tissue is not available for the bacteria. ...Read more

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Male, age 25, no diabetes, got fourier's gangrene 2 months back, underwent a surgery.He is fully cured now. Is there a chance for it to return in future?

Male, age 25, no diabetes, got fourier's gangrene 2 months back, underwent a surgery.He is fully cured now. Is there a chance for it to return in future?

Hygiene: This infection is a problem combined with hygiene and immune function. Those who have diabetes and other problems that can inhibit healing are subject to this infection. It also usually occurs with minor trauma such as a scratch from a zipper, or other sharp object. ...Read more

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Had laparoscopic gb surgery 2 weeks ago gb was gangrene.Strong antibodics in icu.Home now can't eat everything has bad odor and taste. Help?

Had laparoscopic gb surgery 2 weeks ago gb was gangrene.Strong antibodics in icu.Home now can't eat everything has bad odor and taste. Help?

Time: It is not uncommon after being ill with major surgery & extensive antibiotics to get tired easoly & have a lack of appetite. Also some antibiotics, especially flagyl, can cause a bad taste in the mouth & make food taste badly. Time for healing & getting off antibiotics will help. Have your doctor look for oral thrush, irritated tongue, at your next visit too. ...Read more

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Is it possible to treat dry gangrene without surgery of foot to kidney patient?

Is it possible to treat dry gangrene without surgery of foot to kidney patient?

Possibly: But probably not. You need vascular studies to see where the blockage of blood flow is, and take it from there. One must be vigilant for ascending infections when gangrene is present. ...Read more

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