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If a person has dry gangrene in on one toe, is it ok to let it amputate itself?

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Dr. John Washburn
Family Medicine
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In brief: Varying opinions

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If it were my toe, i would have it surgically amputated. That tissue is dead, so a secondary/emerging infection is possible and this can spread rapidly. I personally think the risk of that versus the risk of having surgery is greater.

In brief: Varying opinions

You will hear different opinions on this.
If it were my toe, i would have it surgically amputated. That tissue is dead, so a secondary/emerging infection is possible and this can spread rapidly. I personally think the risk of that versus the risk of having surgery is greater.
Dr. John Washburn
Dr. John Washburn
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2 doctors agree

In brief: Not really

Due to the infection there really needs to be proper wound care and antibiotic therapy to make sure the infection does not spread.

In brief: Not really

Due to the infection there really needs to be proper wound care and antibiotic therapy to make sure the infection does not spread.
Dr. Arnold Beresh
Dr. Arnold Beresh
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: sometimes

Sometimes self-limiting amputations work very well.

In brief: sometimes

Sometimes self-limiting amputations work very well.
Dr. Steven Frydman
Dr. Steven Frydman
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