Necrosis is a condition of having the death of body tissue. It usually occurs due to reduced blood and oxygen supply to the tissues. The common triggers are injury, chemicals, trauma, radiation, and other chronic conditions that affect blood flow. When a large number of tissues die with reduced blood supply, this condition is known as gangrene.

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My skin around the surgical site looks black and dead. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 57 year old female. I am 4.3 feet tall. I underwent a leg surgery 11 months back. The surgical wound has been infected three times already with pus discharge. After cleaning the discharge, a small area remains unhealed, and the implants fixed during surgery can be still seen throu...  Read Full »

Dr. Sumit Chawla

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Kindly post the images of the affected leg and the infected wound after the surgery. I will be able to comment only after seeing the photos. Revert with more information to an orthopaedician and traumatologist online -->  Read Full »

What happens when ovarian torsion is left untreated?

Query: Hello doctor, My wife was admitted to the emergency because of left side abdominal or flank pain. Found out she has a mass on her ovary that caused torsion on her left ovary. About less than a month ago, she had a mild heart attack and had two stents put in. They do not want to do surgery because o...  Read Full »

Dr. Sravanthi Nuthalapati

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I totally understand your concern and distress. This situation of your wife is indeed very tricky and complicated too. I see you have not mentioned the age of your wife. If mentioned, it would be really helpful for me to gauge few things. As your doctors have said, I...  Read Full »

What is the recommended treatment for multiple gallstones with walled-off necrosis?

Query: Hello doctor, My present condition is multiple gallbladder stones (size 2-5 mm. identified before four months) and asymptomatic extrapancreatic walled off - necrosis (size as per USG 8.7*5.1 cm identified a month back). Complications: WON is abutting GB fundus. I had acute pancreatitis. Gallbladd...  Read Full »

Dr. Lalit Kumar Bansal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Do not worry. I will help you in this. First, I will tell you about gallbladder stones. So any gall bladder stones with history of pancreatitis or multiple gall stone should be removed. Laparo...  Read Full »

What is the meaning of non-necrotic lymph node?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 27 year old male. I have a painless lump just under the skin in the groin area. I have done an ultrasound. The impression is given 15 x 5 mm non-necrotic lymph node. I am taking Amoxicillin antibiotic 625 mg. What is the meaning of non-necrotic lymph node? Is it cancerous?  Read Full »

Dr. Andrew Chellakumar Fenn

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Most probably non-cancerous. Non-necrotic means that there is no dead tissue inside the node. Necrosis indicates either tuberculosis or cancer. If the node does not regress with antibiotics, it may need further evaluation. Please see your doctor again after ...  Read Full »

What treatment can be had for external ear lobe swelling?

Query: Hello doctor, My 18-year-old brother-in-law who weighs 30 kg is bedridden since birth. He is a disabled child and he cannot do anything on his own. He cannot even talk and he only takes liquid food. He is generally healthy apart from his disability. Today, his external ear lobe suddenly swell in th...  Read Full »

Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to His pinna has developed perichondritis that is an infection of the ear pinna cartilage. Is the swelling painful? This swelling needs drainage from an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) specialist. I suggest you can start him on anti-inflammatory enzymes and antibiotics n...  Read Full »

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