Symmetrical Peripheral Gangrene: A New Presentation of an Old Disease

Knight Jr., T. T.; Gordon, Stephen V.; Canady, Jerome; Rush, Daniel S.; Browder, William
February 2000
American Surgeon;Feb2000, Vol. 66 Issue 2, p196
Academic Journal
This report concerns two cases and a review of the literature on the subject of symmetrical peripheral gangrene. Symmetrical peripheral gangrene is defined as symmetrical distal ischemic damage in two or more sites in the absence of major vascular occlusive disease. It occurs in patients who are septic and have disseminated intravascular coagulation and in nonseptic patients who have cardiogenic or hypovolemic shock. The syndrome is devastating and rare, and controlled studies of its etiology and management are lacking. Recommendations are presented for its prevention and treatment. Cooperative multicenter studies may be necessary to obtain valid data about its prevention and management.


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