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Necrosis

Definition

Necrosis is the death of body tissue. It occurs when too little blood flows to the tissue. This can be from injury, radiation, or chemicals. Necrosis cannot be reversed.

When large areas of tissue die due to a lack of blood supply, the condition is called gangrene.

Images

Meningococcemia on the calves
Meningococcemia on the leg
Meningococcemia associated purpura
Necrosis of the toes

References

Wallig MA, Janovitz EB. Morphologic manifestations of toxic cell injury. In: Haschek WM, Rousseaux CG, Wallig MA. Haschek and Rousseaux's Handbook of Toxicologic Pathology. 3rd ed. Waltham, MA: Academic Press, Elsevier; 2013:chap 4.

Review Date: 
8/14/2015
Reviewed By: 
Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.