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by Carson-DeWitt R

(Dry Gangrene; Gas Gangrene; Organ or Tissue Death; Wet Gangrene)

 

Risk Factors

Factors that may increase your chance of developing gangrene include:
 

Treatment

Treatment of gangrene includes:
  • IV antibiotics—to treat infection
  • Debridement —surgical procedure to cut away dead and dying tissue, done to try to avoid gangrene from spreading
  • Supportive care, including fluids, nutrients, and pain medication to relieve discomfort
  • Blood thinners—given to prevent blood clots
  • Amputation—removal of severely affected body part
  • Hyperbaric oxygen treatment —involves exposing the affected tissue to oxygen at high pressure
  • Surgery may also be done to restore blood flow to the affected area
 

RESOURCES

American Academy of Family Physicians
http://www.familydoctor.org

American Diabetes Association
http://www.diabetes.org

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Canadian Diabetes Association
http://www.diabetes.ca

Health Canada
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca

 

References


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Fujiwara Y, Kishida K, et al. Beneficial effects of foot care nursing for people with diabetes mellitus: an uncontrolled before and after intervention study. J Adv Nurs. 2011;67(9):1952-1962.


Gangrene. NHS Choices website. Available at: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Gangrene/Pages/Introduction.aspx . Accessed September 18, 2013.


Gas gangrene. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us . Updated July 14, 2010. Accessed September 18, 2013.


Sepsis in adults. BSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us . Updated August 14, 2013. Accessed September 18, 2013.

 

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