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Can a person get his leg amputated because of an infected splinter?

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Dr. Christopher Bulger
Surgery - Vascular
2 doctors agree

In brief: Unlikely

There would have to be a grossly contaminated splinter with an aggressive invasive organism that could advance fast enough in someone who had not yet sought treatment to develop a necrotizing infection or gangrene, mandating amputation.

In brief: Unlikely

There would have to be a grossly contaminated splinter with an aggressive invasive organism that could advance fast enough in someone who had not yet sought treatment to develop a necrotizing infection or gangrene, mandating amputation.
Dr. Christopher Bulger
Dr. Christopher Bulger
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2 doctors agree

In brief: No

Unlikely, but be careful if you are diabetic.

In brief: No

Unlikely, but be careful if you are diabetic.
Dr. Robert Schlessel
Dr. Robert Schlessel
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2 comments
Dr. Ernest Block
I agree with Dr Schlessel. Anything is possible, especially in the face of pre-existing medical conditions.
Dr. Evert Eriksson
I agree but you must be very careful if your immune system is suppressed.
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