Any body part which is devoid of blood supply may die & eventually result in gangrene. Gangrene affects the organs that are distant from the heart, which includes toes & fingers. It can affect many other body parts as well, including the vital internal organs. It is considered to be a medical emergency because it may lead to amputations & death.
If gangrene is left untreated it can cause shock. It can be life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention. Early recognition and treatment help to reduce complications. Dr. Rohit Gupta is Bhandara’s Best vascular/Gangrene Specialist.
Dry gangrene: Dry gangrene is caused when your body part does not get sufficient oxygen, this makes the part deteriorate and finally die. Dry gangrene does not have chance of infection.
Wet gangrene: When bacteria invade the organ, wet gangrene occurs; there can be moisture due to the presence of bacteria which makes the tissue die. Wet gangrene is considered more serious than dry gangrene because of chances of spreading the infection to other parts of the body.
Gas gangrene: Clostridium perfringenis bacterium is the main cause of gas gangrene. The bacteria cause gas bubbles and toxins inside the affected area and the toxic gasses cause tissue death. This is a fatal type of gangrene.
Tissue that has been damaged by gangrene can’t be saved. But treatment is available to help prevent gangrene from getting worse. The faster you get treatment, the better your chance for recovery.
Treatment for gangrene may include one or more of the following: