Can you please explain gangrene?
"Gangrene" is the medical term for death of tissue (necrosis) in part of the body. It's a serious condition that requires immediate medical care.
There are several types of gangrene. Symptoms depend on the location and cause. Causes include:
A doctor may confirm a diagnosis of gangrene by signs and symptoms. Additional tests, such as X-ray, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computerized tomography (CT), may be needed to determine the extent of the gangrene. Surgery also may be recommended to confirm and assess gangrene.
Treatment depends on the underlying cause. However, treatment can't revive dead tissue. Surgery or amputation often is needed to remove dead tissue.
Last Updated: 06/13/2006
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