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How is surgery used to treat gangrene?

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Called debridement, the dead tissue is surgically removed to prevent the spread of infection. In some situations, amputation (removal of the affected limb, finger or toe) may be required.

From: Gangrene WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: MedlinePlus: "Gangrene." NHS web site: "Gangrene." Merck Manual of Medical Information-Second Home Edition: "Gas Gangrene." Radiopaedia.org: "Fournier gangrene." Medicinenet: "Gangrene."




 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 19, 2016

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SOURCES: MedlinePlus: "Gangrene." NHS web site: "Gangrene." Merck Manual of Medical Information-Second Home Edition: "Gas Gangrene." Radiopaedia.org: "Fournier gangrene." Medicinenet: "Gangrene."




 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 19, 2016

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