Giant Microbe - Gangrene

Giant Microbe - Gangrene


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Gangrene (Clostridium Perfringens)

Gangrene sets in when you least expect it.
  • A talisman for those intrigued by exotic adventure
  • A gag gift for your pal with a creepy wound
  • A medical prop for learning and education

FACTS: Although gangrene may sound like a hazard of jungle exploits and military campaigns, the gruesome decay and death of soft body tissue that characterizes the condition can happen to anyone anywhere. There are two common types of gangrene: dry and wet. Dry gangrene occurs when blood flow is interrupted to part of the body. Affected areas dry out and eventually blacken as tissue is slowly mummified. Dry gangrene typically occurs in the fingers and toes, often in the elderly or in those living with diabetes.

Wet gangrene occurs when infection accompanies the interrupted blood flow. Bacteria such as clostridium perfringens, which produce toxic gases that can bubble up under the skin, are often implicated.