What is gangrene?
Gangrene is a condition that occurs when body tissue dies. If left untreated it can result in amputation. In some cases, gangrene can be very dangerous as the infection can spread through the body and become life threatening.
If blood cannot travel freely throughout the body, your cells will struggle to survive, ischaemia can develop, and tissue can die from gangrene. Any underlying illness, injury, and/or infection that affects blood flow increases your risk of gangrene. Fingers, toes and limbs are most commonly affected.
Causes can include:
- Suffering from a weakened immune system
- Peripheral arterial disease
- Trauma or serious injury
- Raynaud’s phenomenon (a condition in which the blood vessels that supply the skin become intermittently narrowed)
Your doctors should be on the lookout for the development of gangrene.
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