gas gangrene


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Related to gas gangrene: clostridium perfringens, necrotizing fasciitis

gas gangrene

n.
Gangrene occurring in a wound infected with anaerobic bacteria of the genus Clostridium, especially C. perfringens, characterized by the presence of gas in the affected tissue and rapid progression that can lead to shock and death if untreated.

gas gangrene

n
(Pathology) gangrene resulting from infection of a wound by anaerobic bacteria (esp Clostridium welchii) that cause gas bubbles and swelling in the surrounding tissues

gas′ gan`grene


n.
a gangrenous infection developing in wounds, esp. deep wounds with closed spaces, caused by bacteria that form gases in the subcutaneous tissues.
[1910–15]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gas gangrene - (pathology) a deadly form of gangrene usually caused by clostridium bacteria that produce toxins that cause tissue death; can be used as a bioweapon
pathology - the branch of medical science that studies the causes and nature and effects of diseases
gangrene, slough, sphacelus - necrotic tissue; a mortified or gangrenous part or mass
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The short sentence describing his mangled foot signals that the husband is suffering a gas gangrene infection.
The patient's condition deteriorated with other complications such as gas gangrene on the right foot, pulmonary oedema, renal dysfunction and cellulits of the left shin and she died after 19 weeks in hospital.
Sister Ingram, who worked at the No 1 New Zealand Stationary Hospital in France in 1916, said "some bad gas gangrene cases smell most fearfully; but so far we have managed to save all the limbs".
The Infectious Disease Society of America has defined gas gangrene as an infection caused by Clostridium species.
It is capable of causing gas gangrene in the absence of trauma but usually in the setting of colonic or hematological malignancy (1, 2).
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So far, we've had only five deaths and we did 112 bad cases of gas gangrene without stopping.
Hyperbaric oxygen treatment is also used in cases of gas gangrene - the bacteria that infect gangrenous tissue cannot survive if they're oxygenated.
The mode of presentation does however comprise anecdotally consistent findings; abdominal pain, jaundice, haemolysis, renal dysfunction, confusion and occasionally crepitus, if gas gangrene is present.
First, earlier in my career I performed occasional hyperbaric treatments for patients with carbon monoxide poisoning or gas gangrene.