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Necrosis

 

Necrosis is death of body tissue. It occurs when there is not enough blood flowing to the tissue, whether from injury, radiation, or chemicals. Necrosis is not reversible.

When substantial areas of tissue die due to a lack of blood supply, the condition is called gangrene.

 

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    • Meningococcemia on the calves

      Meningococcemia on the c...

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    • Meningococcemia on the leg

      Meningococcemia on the l...

      illustration

    • Meningococcemia associated purpura

      Meningococcemia associat...

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    • Necrosis of the toes

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      Tests for Necrosis

       
         

        Review Date: 8/16/2011

        Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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