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Symptoms of gangrene look like what?

Symptoms of gangrene look like what?

Dark tissue: The tissues that become gangrenous are dead because they have lost their blood supply. Eventually they become a shade of grey or black. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Dickson
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Gangrene (Definition)

A medical term describing the death of body 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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What does the first sign of gangrene look like?

What does the first sign of gangrene look like?

Darkening skin: Gangrene occurs because there is not enough circulation to a body part. That area becomes dark, eventually turning black. The skin shrivels and wrinkles and becomes tough like leather. In some cases there may be a smell associated with it as well. This is a very serious problem and should be seen by a doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Please explain what are some symptoms for gangrene?

Please explain what are some symptoms for gangrene?

Sometimes None: Gangrene results with loss of blood flow to tissues, resulting in death of the tissues which cannot survive without oxygen and blood flow. Areas often start to darken and eventually look like a black scab area. Occasionally pain and swelling above the site is noted. You should see an md for evaluation very soon, as it can lead to severe and life threatening problems. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the symptoms of gangrene in a diabetic?

Can you tell me the symptoms of gangrene in a diabetic?

Pain / discoloration: Gangrene develops when the tissues die due to loss of blood flow the first sign is discoloration. The tissue first looks mottled then pale before slowly turning darker and darker until completely black. This is typically a painful process. However diabetic patients with neuropathy may have less pain. ...Read more

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If I have a gallbladder infection like gangrene. Wouldn't I have severe symptoms?

If I have a gallbladder infection like gangrene. Wouldn't I have severe symptoms?

Gallbladder issues: Dear Matthew 1: I recommend you follow-up with a board certified general surgeon as soon as possible. If your symptoms are severe please go to an emergency room. ...Read more

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What are the early symptoms of gangrene in the foot?

What are the early symptoms of gangrene in the foot?

S&S of foot gangrene: In the early stages, 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 does it take for dry gangrene to develop after an infection? What symptoms should I look for?

How long does it take for dry gangrene to develop after an infection? What symptoms should I look for?

If you have: Infection get it treated , don't wait to develop dry gangrene , which also do not develop at your age of 23 due to infection , is seen in elderly due to circulation problems not due to infection. See your doctor. ...Read more

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What is gangrene?

What is gangrene?

Tissue death: Gangrene is the death of tissue due to lack of blood supply. There are a number of different causes for this lack of blood supply such as embolus to an artery, atherosclerotic occlusion of an arterty, trauma to an artery or bacterial/toxic damage to the arterioles and tissues. ...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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Why do people get gangrene?

Why do people get gangrene?

Several reasons: Gangrene is tissue death. Generally the cause is due to poor or disrupted blood supply due to cardiovascular disease (hardening of the arteries) or infection. Blood clots are also a cause. Gangrene can also be caused by external sources such as severe burns, both chemical and thermal (heat and cold (frostbite)). Certain conditions like diabetes, kidney failure, high cholesterol will increase risk. ...Read more

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Does gangrene cause an odor?

Yes: Often times the first indication that an gangrene has set in is that there is the unmistakable rotting odor. If you suspect this, you should be seen immediately in an emergency setting. ...Read more

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What is a cause for gangrene?

What is a cause for gangrene?

Two kinds: Dry gangrene is simply dead tissue. It could have been caused by freezing, burns, or a severe interruption of circulation with the necessary nutrients and oxygen wet gangrene is a type of infection of the dead tissue by a very specific bacteria. This bacteria produces a variety of toxins which can spread, cause more dead tissue (necrosis) and kill you. This is an emergency. ...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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Do nondiabetics get gangrene now?

Do nondiabetics get gangrene now?

Yes: Patients with vascular disease and patients who have sustained a significant trauma are also at risk. ...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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Why do people still get gangrene?

Why do people still get gangrene?

Diabetes and Smoking: The two most common causes of peripheral arterial disease. Even in 2013, there is untreatable vascular disease, either due to limitations of medicine or patient non compliance. Don't smoke, stay active and healthy, and barring any congenital disease, the chance of developing gangrene is very low. ...Read more