Skin inflammatory (nontumor)
Infectious disorders
Gangrene


Topic Completed: 1 July 2011

Revised: 1 April 2019

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Definition / general
  • Dry gangrene: coagulation necrosis of extremity due to slowly developing vascular occlusion
  • Wet gangrene: infection and liquefaction of “dry gangrenous” tissue by saprophytic bacteria
  • Associated with diabetes (Intern Med 2011;50:1303)
  • See also Fournier's gangrene of penis / scrotum
Treatment
  • Debridement or possibly amputation; also antibiotics, hyperbaric oxygen, vascular surgery
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Dry gangrene in patient with diabetes

Dry gangrene due to cryoglobulinemic vasculitis

Wet gangrene

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