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 +(1) A form of [[gangrene]] in which the necrosed part is moist and soft. Caused by sudden stoppage of [[blood]], resulting from burning by heat or acid, severe freezing, physical accident that destroys the [[tissue]], a tourniquet that has been left on too long, or a clot or another embolism. At first, tissue affected by moist gangrene has the color of a bad bruise, smells atrociously,​ is swollen, and often blistered. The gangrene is likely to spread with great speed. Toxins are formed in the affected tissues and absorbed.
  
 +(2) Moist gangrene may occur in the toes, feet, or legs after a crushing injury or as a result of some other factor that causes blood flow to the area to suddenly stop. When [[blood flow]] ceases, bacteria begin to invade the muscle and thrive, multiplying quickly without interference from the body's [[immune system]].
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 +Other causative organisms for moist gangrene include various bacterial strains, including [[Streptococcus]] and Staphylococcus. A serious, but rare form of [[infection]] with Group A Streptococcus can impede blood flow and, if untreated, can progress to synergistic gangrene, more commonly called [[http://​www.lymphedemapeople.com/​thesite/​lymphedema_and_necrotizing_fasciitis.htm|necrotizing fasciitis]],​ or infection of the skin and tissues directly beneath the [[skin]].
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 +See also:
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 +[[gangrene]]
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 +[[dry gangrene]]
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 +[[gas gangrene]]
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