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What is the difference between necrosis and gangrene?

Asked by M. Jabrowsky, Last updated: May 30, 2019

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K. Wilson

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K. WilsonMarketing Analyst, MBA, Miami
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Answered on May 29, 2019

Necrosis and Gangrene are cell related problems and tissues related problems respectively. The two conditions are quite similar in that; they talk about the death of cells but they are different because one talks about the premature death of the cell while the second talks about the death of tissues or mass of cells. The main difference between necrosis and gangrene will be explained using what the two medical words stand for.

Necrosis and Gangrene are cell related problems and tissues related problems respectively. The two
Necrosis is the premature death of the living healthy cell and this might be due to injuries whether external or internal. The condition can be caused by thermal injuries or extremely high or low temperatures, lack of nutrition to cells and injury to blood vessels. While gangrene is the premature death of living healthy mass of cells or tissues due to poor supply of blood, smokers and diabetes patients are more prone to this health problem. Also, gangrene is usually considered as the end result of necrosis.

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