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Gangrene (cont.)

Gangrene Symptoms

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  • Dry gangrene:
    • The affected area becomes cold and numb.
    • Initially, the affected area becomes red.
    • Then, it develops a brown discoloration.
    • Finally, it becomes black and shriveled.
  • Wet or moist gangrene:
    • The affected area becomes swollen and decays.
    • It is extremely painful.
    • Local oozing occurs.
    • It produces a foul-smelling odor.
    • It becomes black.
    • The affected person develops a fever.
  • Gas gangrene:
    • The wound is infected.
    • A brown-red or bloody discharge may ooze from the affected tissues.
    • Gas produced by Clostridia may produce a crackling sensation when the affected area is pressed.
    • It becomes swollen.
    • Pain in the affected area is severe.
    • The affected person develops fever, increased heart rate, and rapid breathing if the toxins spread into the bloodstream.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/3/2014
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Fournier Gangrene »

In 1883, the French venereologist Jean Alfred Fournier described a series in which 5 previously healthy young men suffered from a rapidly progressive gangrene of the penis and scrotum without apparent cause.

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