Problem

Gangrene

Other Names:
Gas gangrene
Aerogenes capsulatus infection
Clostridium infection
Malignant oedema
Clostridial myositis
Nature:

Gangrene means the death of tissues due to lack of blood supply. Gas gangrene is caused when oxygen-starved tissues become infected with a bacterium called Colostridum perfringens, which produces gas under the skin as a byproduct of its metabolism. In the First World War, gas gangrene was so rife that a war injury such as an open fracture of the thigh had an 80 percent death rate.

Broader Problems:
Sepsis
Anoxemia
Fluid retention
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Subject(s):
Gaseous stateBacteriologyPathologyCirculatory systemMuscular systemCancer
Date of last update
14.09.2018 – 01:13 CEST