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Abscess with diabetes and edema, is this a sign of gangrene ?

my mother got foot abscess and got incised and drained, she is diabetic, now has pitting this a sign of gangrene???
Asked On : Tue, 5 Apr 2011
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Dietitian & Nutritionist 's  Response

diabetics need to get their feet examined well. don't wait till it s gangrene. diabetics need much time to heal the wound compared to normal person. loss of sensation makes them more into trouble.

Visit nearest diabetic foot specialist as soon as possible. any thing can lead to amputation if not tackled timely.
Answered: Sun, 10 Apr 2011
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General & Family Physician Dr. Gegin George's  Response
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Abscesses in diabetic patients are common, and pitting edema is solely not a sign of gangrene. Changes in the skin of the affected area are usually the first sign of gangrene. The skin may pale as a result of the decrease in blood flow. The color may quickly redden or darken. As gangrene advances, the skin of the affected area turns a very dark green to black color. A discharge with a foul odor develops as tissue death spreads. This discharge occurs whether or not there is an associated wound. There may also be blisters filled with the discharge. Gangrene causes severe pain or pressure; however, in diabetics with significant nerve damage in the affected area, there may be no sensation of pain.
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