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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...


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.

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.

Clostridial myositis and myonecrosis

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

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...

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...

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...


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.