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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 (CO) is a gas that is produced during the burning of fuels (such as gasoline, kerosene, or wood); it has no color or odor, and if it builds up in an enclosed area without enough ventilation, it can be poisonous to humans.

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...

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...

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 an inflammation or swelling of bone tissue, most often caused by a bacterial infection of the blood; it is sometimes called bacteremia or sepsis.

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

Burns are a type of painful wound caused by thermal, cold, electrical, chemical or electromagnetic energy. Smoking and open flame are the leading causes of burn injury for older adults. Scalding is the leading cause of burn injury for children.