Necrosis is death of a portion of tissue or an organ in the body. Tissue death occurs when there is not enough blood supplied to the area, whether from trauma, radiation, or chemicals. Once necrosis is confirmed, it is not reversible.
Review Date 8/16/2019
Updated by: Frank A. Greco, MD, PhD, Director, Biophysical Laboratory, Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Hospital, Bedford, MA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.