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

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:
Fluid retention
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being
Date of last update
18.04.2019 – 11:37 CEST