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Different types of gangrene

Posted on June 16, 2015 9:27 am under Nursing Home Abuse

Gangrene, or death of tissue due to lack of blood supply, is considered a serious medical condition that can be life-threatening if left untreated. Although considered a medical emergency, gangrene is almost always preventable with proper medical care.

There are different types of gangrene, here are some of them:

  • Dry gangrene – This type of gangrene affects the surface of the skin. Dry gangrene is characterized by discolored skin, and it usually affects people with blood flow problems.
  • Wet gangrene – Wet gangrene occurs when the gangrene involves bacterial infection. The affected area is usually swollen, blistered, and has a wet appearance. Burns and frostbite are common causes of wet gangrene.
  • Gas gangrene – Gas gangrene occurs when deep muscle tissue dies due to bacterial infection. The bacteria releases gaseous toxins, making your skin discolored and appear bubbly.

In nursing homes, gangrene is usually a result of an infected wound left untreated. If you think nursing home neglect has caused your loved one to suffer from undue harm, a lawyer at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® might be able to help you hold the offending party accountable for all the damages your family has sustained. Call our Milwaukee office at (414) 271-0900 for a free case assessment today.