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Maxwell J. Nanes, DO (Emergency department)

Dr Nanes received a doctorate from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and went on to complete a residency in emergency medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. There he trained at Froedtert Hospital and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in the practice of adult and pediatric emergency medicine. He was a chief resident and received numerous awards for teaching excellence during his time there. | | After residency he took a job at a community hospital where he and his colleagues worked through the toughest days of the COVID-19 pandemic. |

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Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal medicine)

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  • Fever then no fever then fever again

  • Periodic fever (>100.4°F / 38°C)

  • Remittent fever of 102.2°F / 39°C

  • Blood in stool

  • Stomach was uncomfortable, then had a fever

  • Extremely high fever of 106.7°F / 41.5°C or higher

  • Fever of 100.4°F / 38°C or more for weeks

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Content updated on Jan 19, 2024

What is gas gangrene?

This is a severe and potentially fatal bacterial infection (clostridial bacteria) affecting the deeper skin layers. Patients with uncontrolled diabetes and weak immune systems are at higher risk.

Symptoms of gas gangrene

  • Fever

  • Feeling the need to pass motion even though nothing comes out

  • Affected area of skin has stinging or tingling

  • Headache

  • Blood in stool

  • Upset tummy / upper abdominal discomfort

  • Muscle pain in the limbs when pressed or squeezed

  • Swelling of any body part

Questions your doctor may ask to check for gas gangrene

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose gas gangrene

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you frequently feel the need to have a bowel movement but can't?

  • Do you feel any pain or tingling in the affected skin areas?

  • Do you have headaches or a heavy feeling in your head?

  • Do you have blood in your stool?

Treatment for gas gangrene

Gas gangrene needs urgent medical treatment, including quick surgery and strong antibiotics. At times, multiple surgeries are required to manage the infection.

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References

  • Junior CAO, Silva ROS, Lobato FCF, Navarro MA, Uzal FA. Gas gangrene in mammals: a review. J Vet Diagn Invest. 2020 Mar;32(2):175-183. doi: 10.1177/1040638720905830. Epub 2020 Feb 21. PMID: 32081096; PMCID: PMC7081496.

    https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1040638720905830

  • Hart GB, Lamb RC, Strauss MB. Gas gangrene. J Trauma. 1983 Nov;23(11):991-1000. doi: 10.1097/00005373-198311000-00006. PMID: 6355502.

    https://journals.lww.com/jtrauma/Abstract/1983/11000/Gas_Gangrene__I__A_Collective_Review.6.aspx

  • Weinstein L, Barza MA. Gas gangrene. N Engl J Med. 1973 Nov 22;289(21):1129-31. doi: 10.1056/NEJM197311222892107. PMID: 4585357.

    https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM197311222892107

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Reviewed By:

Maxwell J. Nanes, DO

Maxwell J. Nanes, DO (Emergency department)

Dr Nanes received a doctorate from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and went on to complete a residency in emergency medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. There he trained at Froedtert Hospital and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in the practice of adult and pediatric emergency medicine. He was a chief resident and received numerous awards for teaching excellence during his time there. | | After residency he took a job at a community hospital where he and his colleagues worked through the toughest days of the COVID-19 pandemic. |

Yoshinori Abe, MD

Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal medicine)

Dr. Abe graduated from The University of Tokyo School of Medicine in 2015. He completed his residency at the Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Longevity Medical Center. He co-founded Ubie, Inc. in May 2017, where he currently serves as CEO & product owner at Ubie. Since December 2019, he has been a member of the Special Committee for Activation of Research in Emergency AI of the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine. | | Dr. Abe has been elected in the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Healthcare & Science category.

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