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Doctor insights on: Symptoms Of Gas Gangrene

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How do you get gas gangrene?

How do you get gas gangrene?

Serious infection: Gas gangrene occurs from certain types of invasive bacteria that either enter the skin through a wound, or less commonly intestinal organisms that could leak into tissues through a hole. These are rapidly serious invasive infections that do not occur very often. Can be more common in diabetes or other immune deficiency situations. Needs emergency aggressive antibiotic therapy and often surgery. ...Read more

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Could you pick up gas gangrene through small cuts?

Could you pick up gas gangrene through small cuts?

Usually not: The area has to become de-oxygenated, and in a healthy person this usually means that there's some heavy-duty contamination both by particulate matter and by the microbes. The 'stepped on a manure-laden rusty nail' scenario can produce gas gangrene just as it can produce tetanus, the related clostridial disease. ...Read more

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What number of people get ill/die per year due to gas gangrene?

What number of people get ill/die per year due to gas gangrene?

Uncommon: In the US, gas gangrene is uncommon. It more often seen in war wounds and wounds occurring around farm animals. It can also occur in diabetics with poor circulation. The CDC has website and may have specific surveillance data on this. Google them. ...Read more

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How many different people get ill/die per year due to gas gangrene?

US About a 1000/year: About 1000 cases a year in the us link: http://www.Spineplus.Com.Au/studynotes/geninf07.Htm mortality of gas gangrene is about 19% link: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/6355502. ...Read more

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Please answer! what pathogen causes gas gangrene?

Please answer! what pathogen causes gas gangrene?

Clostridia: Usually c perfringens, less often c septicum or one of their unpleasant kindred. ...Read more

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What the statistic for clostridium perfringens caused gas gangrene?

What the statistic for clostridium perfringens caused gas gangrene?

Serious: A clostridium infection can be serious and needs aggressive antibiotic treatment. Sometimes surgery to remove dead or infected tissues is needed, especially if the infection involves deeper tissues or structures. ...Read more

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What is the clinical difference between necrotizing fasciitis and gas gangrene?

Life threatening : They are both life threatening illnesses.The bacterial causes are different, but generally they both need surgical intervention and antibiotic therapy. ...Read more

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Can foot fusion be performed on those with gas gangrene near the ankle, if not why not?

Can foot fusion be performed on those with gas gangrene near the ankle, if not why not?

Not recomended as: soft tissue coverage would not be there but also you do not want to use metal ( screws, plates or a rod) in presence of an active infection. The most likely end result would be an amputation as BONE Infections can be very difficult to eradicate, without multiple surgeries and long term antibiotics. I would not recomend it. I would rather give my patient one surgery ( Amputation) and a prosthesis. ...Read more

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