A bacterial infection, also called clostridial myonecrosis can cause muscle tissue to die. The bacterial infection causes a gas to build in tissues and is a form of gangrene. This form of gangrene is deadly and therefore is a medical emergency.
Gas gangrene is usually transmitted through soil borne bacteria which is why it was more commonly found in wounded service personnel because of the medical treatment given to the injured whilst in the field of combat.
There are other causes however and it has been linked to colon cancer, open fractures, vascular blockages (narrowing and blockages in veins) as well as Type 2 Diabetes and pressure sores.
A complication of gas gangrene is toxaemia, the change from sepsis to toxaemia tends to happen very quickly and displays symptoms of black sores and popping or crackling as the gas escapes.
The diagnosis of gas gangrene can be mistaken for cellulitis, muscle abscesses and cutaneous anthrax.
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Sometimes an apology is enough, but in other cases compensation will be the only solution to help you get your life back on track.
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We do not treat your claim lightly. The treatment you consider negligent must be considered unreasonable, irresponsible, and harmful.
However, when someone suffers an injury that impacts their live, or that of a loved one, then it is vital that the NHS has the procedures in place to both compensate the patient and learn from their mistakes.
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