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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)

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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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 causes gangrene?

What causes gangrene?

Bacteria: Gangrene comes from an infection which invades quickly into tissue from a break in the skin or other body defenses. Not all bacteria can do this, but certain soil and gut bacteria can. Certain Strep can also behave aggressively. People with impaired immunity are more susceptible. ...Read more