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Gangrene

Gangrene

Overview

Gangrene is the death of tissue in part of the body. Gangrene can occur when a body part loses its blood supply. This may happen from, for example, injury or infection.

Update Date 9/10/2015

Updated by: Jatin M. Vyas, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Assistant in Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.