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What sort of disorder is frostbite?
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Dr. Bryan McIntosh
Surgery - Plastics
14 doctors agree
In brief: Ice Burn
Frostbite occurs due to extreme cold temperature such that the skin and possibly deeper tissues freeze, are damaged, and potentially die.
If the tissues die, an open wound may be the result or possibly an amputation of the affected part (such as a finger or toe).

In brief: Ice Burn
Frostbite occurs due to extreme cold temperature such that the skin and possibly deeper tissues freeze, are damaged, and potentially die.
If the tissues die, an open wound may be the result or possibly an amputation of the affected part (such as a finger or toe).
Dr. Bryan McIntosh
Dr. Bryan McIntosh
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Remember, frostbite can occur with dry ice (commonly used for misty effects or for cooling perishables sent in the mail) and liquid nitrogen (oxygen, or helium)
Dr. Bac Nguyen
A "controlled-frostbite" by the use of liquid nitrogen is what we do to treat warts in the office.
Dr. Tito Vasquez
Surgery - Plastics
6 doctors agree
In brief: Tissue death
Frostbite is a condition that is caused by varying degrees of cold exposure to the body.
The injury worsens as circulation of blood and oxygen is hindered to the frozen tissue and tissue death ensues. Once the injury is irreversible, amputation or removal of the dead tissue is necessary.

In brief: Tissue death
Frostbite is a condition that is caused by varying degrees of cold exposure to the body.
The injury worsens as circulation of blood and oxygen is hindered to the frozen tissue and tissue death ensues. Once the injury is irreversible, amputation or removal of the dead tissue is necessary.
Dr. Tito Vasquez
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Dr. David Tuckman
Surgery - Hand Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Cell Death
Frost bite is a condition where the tissue freezes.
This causes ice crystals within the cells which ruptures the cells causing death of the tissue. It ranges from very mild to very severe. In severe cases amputation might be required. Initial treatment is rapid rewarming of the involved extremity.

In brief: Cell Death
Frost bite is a condition where the tissue freezes.
This causes ice crystals within the cells which ruptures the cells causing death of the tissue. It ranges from very mild to very severe. In severe cases amputation might be required. Initial treatment is rapid rewarming of the involved extremity.
Dr. David Tuckman
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Frostbite
Frostbite is a condition in which prolonged exposure to the cold, may produce damage to the tissues and specifically the blood vessels.
If this occurs it is best to have controlled and slow rewarming of the effected body part with luke warm water. Rapid rewarming is not advised.

In brief: Frostbite
Frostbite is a condition in which prolonged exposure to the cold, may produce damage to the tissues and specifically the blood vessels.
If this occurs it is best to have controlled and slow rewarming of the effected body part with luke warm water. Rapid rewarming is not advised.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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