Gangarene?

India
April 10, 2007 1:17am CST
Last Sunday, the doctors said that my grand uncle has Gangerene due to diabetes. The location was the leg. And they said that the leg has to be amputated just knee down. My Question is: Is Gangerene a dangerous situation in the body? If it is dangerous, then what are the remedial measures, without having to go for amputation? Frends, kindly advise on the above.
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• United States
10 Apr 07
There is two types of gangarene that I know of one is from lack of blood flow and the other one is due to an infection. Most diabetics get gangerene because of lack of blood flow to an extremty. I have seen countless numbers of blackend legs/feet/toes because of a sore that has set in and then the blood supply dries up to that extremity or area. Diabetics are more prone to gangerene than someone without diabetes because of higher cholesterol, and other health issues from having high blood sugar. Gangarene is dangerous to the body if left unattented to. The first thing is the person is in terrible amount of pain so they tend not to move around and get the exercise they need. They even tend not to take deep breaths they should. Not moving around can put a person at risk for kidney problems and pneumonia. The other form of ganganene is "gases gangarane" it lives in tissues and causes an infection. The problem with that is the infection can spread to other parts of the body. This type of gangarene is rare. I have only heard of it once in my hospital where I use to nurse at for 20 years.
@estherlou (5017)
• United States
10 Apr 07
This is very common to severe diabetics. A simple infection in anyone else, can lead to gangrene in a diabetic because they don't heal quickly. If the infection goes that far, there is nothing medically left to do, but amputate. My father-in-law cut himself clipping his toenails and it got infected and turned into gangrene. He had his toes cut off first, if I remember right, but later had to have part of his leg removed up to below the knee because of the infection spreading. Gangrene can kill you.