November 14, 2010
Health Tip: Understanding Risk Factors for Gangrene
The death of bodily tissue
(HealthDay News) -- Gangrene occurs when a portion of bodily tissue dies due to lack of blood supply to the area.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine says these factors increase a person's risk of developing gangrene:
- Suffering a serious injury.
- Having a disease of the blood vessels, such as hardening of the arteries.
- Being diabetic.
- Having a compromised immune system (ie., from HIV or chemotherapy).
- Having surgery.