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Alternate Names : GAS Gangrene

Gangrene | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the infection?

A person may be able to prevent gangrene in some instances by:

  • following sports safety guidelines for children, adolescents, and adults
  • getting prompt treatment for deep wounds, burns, crush injuries, or frostbite
  • getting treatment for diabetes, Raynaud's disease, and atherosclerosis
  • avoiding cigarettes and alcohol
  • What are the long-term effects of the infection?

    Long term effects of gangrene may include:

  • permanent death of the tissues in the area affected
  • amputation of the affected limb or removal of the affected organ
  • sepsis, or blood poisoning
  • shock
  • death, especially with gangrene of the abdomen or the bowels, if gangrene goes untreated
  • What are the risks to others?

    Gangrene poses no risk to others.

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    Gangrene: Treatment & Monitoring

    Author: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Reviewer: Melissa Sanders, PharmD
    Date Reviewed: 07/24/01

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