In July 2010, we reported that actress Zsa Zsa Gabor was hospitalized after a hip fracture. A month later, she was rehospitalized with blood clots in her legs that had to be removed. Since that time she has been back and forth to the hospital, several times in critical condition. Reports began yesterday that Zsa Zsa was readmitted Sunday to Ronald Regan UCLA Medical Center to have her leg amputated because of the growing threat of gangrene. Later in the day, her publicist John Blanchette told People magazine that the 93-year-old actress an amputation has been postponed. “Over the next two days, the doctors are treating her with powerful antibiotics in the hope that they will affect the lesion on her lower leg.Her health is still precarious, however, and he added that the lesion is now very deep, and 12 inches long. If the antibiotics don’t work, doctors will have to amputate. She will lose the lower half of her leg below the knee.”
What is Gangrene?
Gangrene is the death of tissue in part of the body.
Gangrene happens when a body part loses its blood supply. This may happen from injury, an infection, or other causes. You have a higher risk for gangrene if you have:
The symptoms depend on the location and cause of the gangrene. If the skin is involved, or the gangrene is close to the skin, the symptoms may include:
Gangrene requires urgent evaluation and treatment. In general, dead tissue should be removed to allow healing of the surrounding living tissue and prevent further infection. Depending on the area that has the gangrene, the person’s overall condition, and the cause of the gangrene, treatment may include: