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Air or gas embolism

Air embolism occurs when gas bubbles block arterial blood flow. Secondary effects of air embolism include platelets clumping and damage to blood...

Carbon monoxide poisoning

Carbon monoxide poisoning happens when you breathe too much carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is a gas produced by burning any type of...

Cyanide poisoning

Exposure to high levels of cyanide can harm the brain and heart, and may cause coma and death. Exposure to lower levels of cyanide may result in...

Clostridial myositis and myonecrosis

Gangrene can occur with compound fractures, complicated fractures, soft tissue injury after accidents, war wounds and appendicitis. Many marine...

Compartment syndrome

Compartment syndrome is a painful condition that develops when swelling takes place within an enclosed area (compartment), in which muscles,...

Decompression sickness

Decompression illness, or DCI, is a term used to describe illness that results from a reduction in the ambient pressure surrounding a body. This...

Diabetic wounds

Diabetes can affect the body's immune system, impairing the ability of white blood cells to come to the site of an infection, stay in the infected...

Anemia

Anemia is a general term for a category of blood conditions that affect the red blood cells or the oxygen-carrying hemoglobin they contain.

Intracranial abscess

An abscess is a pocket of pus that forms at the site of infected tissue. An abscess can form in the brain and cause pain, swelling and...

Necrotizing soft tissue infections

Necrotizing fasciitis is an infection caused by bacteria. It can destroy skin, fat, and the tissue covering the muscles. The disease...

Osteomyelitis

Osteomyelitis is a bone infection, usually caused by bacteria, that can be either acute or chronic. This disorder usually occurs as a result of an...

Radiation syndromes

Radiation syndromes describe the harmful effects--acute, delayed or chronic--produced by exposure to ionizing radiations.

Compromised skin grafts & flaps

Surgeons use skin grafts and flaps to repair serious damage, and to close or cover wounds. In tissue compromised by irradiation or in cases where...

Burns

Heat burns (thermal burns) are caused by fire, steam, hot objects, or hot liquids. Scald burns with hot liquid are the most common burns to...