Skin nontumor

Infectious disorders


Topic Completed: 1 July 2011

Minor changes: 16 November 2020

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PubMed Search: Gangrene [title] skin

Mowafak Hamodat, M.B.Ch.B., M.Sc.
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Cite this page: Hamodat M. Gangrene. website. Accessed December 3rd, 2021.
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
  • Debridement or possibly amputation; also antibiotics, hyperbaric oxygen, vascular surgery
Clinical images

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Dry gangrene in patient with diabetes

Dry gangrene due to cryoglobulinemic vasculitis

Wet gangrene


Dry gangrene

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