Is there a difference between gangrene and infarction?

I know that there's a difference between how the terms are used in a clinical sense, but is there an actual pathologic difference between the processes of gangrene and infarction?


2 Answers

  • 5 years ago

    In many cases they mean the same thing. "Heart attack" is the layman's label for most of what happens to the heart, even though it may have nothing to do with a myocardial infarction. Most often it is used in reference to blockage of an artery or arteries in the heart, which is specifically a Myocardial Infarction. Myocardial refers to heart muscle tissue and "infarction" is a blockage of a blood vessel in the heart. If the heart can be restarted or not depends on how extensive the damage is to the heart muscle tissue.

  • 9 years ago

    There are many causes of gangrene - infarction is just one of them. And, of course, infarction does not always result in gangrene (e.g. myocardial infarction - heart attack).

    Best wishes and good luck.

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