(Dry Gangrene; Gas Gangrene; Organ or Tissue Death; Wet Gangrene)
Gangrene is the death of an organ or body tissue. When the blood supply is cut off, the tissue does not get enough oxygen and begins to die. If the gangrene is widespread, shock can occur.
There are three main types:
Causes of gangrene include:
These factors increase your chance of developing gangrene. Tell your doctor if you have any of these:
Symptoms may include:
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history and perform a physical exam.
Tests may include:
Treatment of gangrene includes:
To help prevent gangrene:
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Last reviewed September 2012 by Marcin Chwistek, MD