Gangrene

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Gangrene occurs when blood flow to part of the body is reduced or cutoff resulting in infection and tissue death. Clostridia bacteria are associated with gangrene and thrive in areas that lack oxygen. Gangrene can develop within hours of losing the proper blood supply. The bacteria, which is what causes gangrene, may grow rapidly under the skin causing gangrene symptoms such as a green color change. Pus filled blisters may form emitting a gaseous rank odor.

Early detection is critical in treating gangrene. Gangrene treatment may involve the use of antibiotics and surgery to remove the infected area. Left untreated, gangrene often kills its victims as the infection causes shock, kidney failure, and delirium.

See Also

  1. Infections
  2. Highland Park Care Center
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