Infections which can result in amputation

Infections which can result in amputation

There are a myriad of infections which can affect the human body, some which can be dealt with as a matter of routine and others that could potentially end in amputation. All infections such as meningitis, post-surgical infections or even the flu can have potentially serious consequences if amputation of the infected limb is not carried out.

The following infections can result in amputation:

Sepsis

The UK Sepsis Trust reports that 1 in 4 people who suffer from sepsis undergo life-changing permanent effects; one of these being limb amputation. Sepsis usually occurs when our bodies react to an infection and can be triggered by an infection in any part of the body.

Sepsis impacts the bloods ability to clot which can cause blockages in the blood vessels. The blood cannot pass through and oxygen and other nutrients cannot get through to the tissues. If the tissues do not get the nourishment they need, the tissues may die and the limb may need to be amputated.

Necrotising fasciitis

Necrotising fasciitis is an infection that kills the body’s soft tissue. It is commonly known as a flesh-eating disease. It is a severe disease that spreads rapidly. It requires surgery (debridement) to remove infected tissue; this may be repeated several times to ensure all the infected tissue is removed. It may be necessary to amputate affected limbs to get the infection under control.

MRSA infections

MRSA is a “superbug” and is increasingly difficult to treat. MRSA tends to affect people who are in hospital for other reasons. If the MRSA infection becomes deep-seated and resistant to antibiotic treatment, an amputation may be necessary.

Diabetes and related problems

Peripheral arterial disease/peripheral vascular disease is a common condition which affects the blood flow to the legs. Diabetes increases the risk of peripheral vascular disease and can be complicated by a number of other conditions, including critical limb ischemia. This can cause gangrene and require an amputation. Charcot foot, when linked to diabetes may, also necessitate an amputation if not managed properly.

Have you suffered an infection which has resulted in an amputation?

We understand how losing a limb can be life-changing for everyone involved. Compensation may assist with coming to terms with the changes by help with prosthesis and rehabilitation. Alterations at work and at home may also be required and we may be able to help. Get in touch with the medical negligence team by email at mednegclaims@boyesturner.com.

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