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82 yoM, Pradaxa(Afib) til 7/8, when pain, small gangrene 5th toe. Now much worse.CABG, dementia, uses walker. Arteriogram/surg possible before 7/15?

 82 yoM, Pradaxa(Afib) til 7/8, when pain, small gangrene 5th toe. Now much worse.CABG, dementia, uses walker. Arteriogram/surg possible before 7/15?

Unclear question.: certainly consulting current treating physicians about surgery on the toe makes sense. The things that increase risk of heart disease and need for CABG all increase likelihood of dementia. Major surgeries like a CABG can cause, worsen and/or make cognitive impairment and dementia more apparent. Palliative care and symptom management may be a preferred approach. ...Read more

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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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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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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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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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Surgery for intestinal blockage and the doctor stated gangrene- could u explain surgery procedures please ?

Surgery for intestinal blockage and the doctor stated gangrene- could u explain surgery procedures please ?

See below: Internal scar tissue inside the abdomen can cause an intestinal blockage. If a segment if intestine twists around the scar tissue sometimes that segment of intestine can die & become gangrenous. That bad segment of intestine would be removed & the good intestines reconnected. ...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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My stomach bloats up immediately after eating and I cant sit comfortably . Nine years ago had surgery for gangrene in small intestine?

My stomach bloats up immediately after eating and I cant sit comfortably .   Nine years ago had surgery for gangrene in small intestine?

Bloating: It is possible you are constipated or have impaired gastric relaxation secondary to your previous surgery. Try increasing the amount of water and fiber in your diet. Alternatively, stool softeners may be of some relief. ...Read more

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Gallbladder had gangrene and ruptured during surgery. Bile duct was cut in half and is draining bile, has to stay in for 3 months. What is the outlook?

Gallbladder had gangrene and ruptured during surgery. Bile duct was cut in half and is draining bile, has to stay in for 3 months. What is the outlook?

Bile duct injury : It sounds like you had a very hostile gallbladder but to this point things have been repaired and that you have a t-tube in place. That tube help strain the bile and people helps prevent stricture. Overall the outlook is good and it is rare for people to have major complications or long-term effects after surgery in which the ball that was repaired. Routine follow-up as recommended by your surgeon will however be important to make sure that any problem that arises is attended to a timely fashion. ...Read more

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Mom(diabetic)has dry gangrene on toe. Angioplasty failed, doctors say vascular surgery imposible(foot veins too small), how can we restore bloodflow?

Mom(diabetic)has dry gangrene on toe. Angioplasty failed, doctors say vascular surgery imposible(foot veins  too small), how can we restore bloodflow?

You don't: Gangrene is dead tissue. If there is gangrene of the toe, that part of the toe is gone. If there is poor blood flow to the leg, there are techniques to improve flow, starting proximally and going toward the foot. These may or may not work, but they are designed to limit the level of an amputation. ...Read more

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Is dry gangrene treatable ?

No treatment: Dry gangrene by definition is dead tissue. If it is dry you can allow it to seperate and fall off depending on where it is. The most important issue is why it happened and how to prevent it from recurring. The body will heal the living tissue and the gangrene will fall off like a scab. ...Read more

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