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What happens to a digit (like a finger) if circulation is cut off for a long time?
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What happens to a digit (like a finger) if circulation is cut off for a long time?

Once the circulation is no longer cut off, and assuming the digit is not removed, what are all the possible outcomes?

- Asked by anie01, A Thinker, Female, 22-25, Teaching

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If circulation is completely cut off for a while, even a relitively short time, the part beyond the obstruction will die.

The bad news is that if it dies and is still attached, there is a good chance that it will rot and the resulting infection will get into the blood stream and then the digit owner will die.

But completely cut off is hard to do. Blood pressure is pretty high and sometimes there is a sneak path that is not cut off.

A deer got her foot caught in my fence recently, and was hanging upside down for about 15 or 20 minutes. She had the fence wrapped around her leg and I was afraid she would have trouble.

But when I cut her down, she limped away, and I saw her for several weeks, she appeared to be ok.

If the digit is not quite dead, the blood will surge back in, and it will hurt like hell, portions of it may turn black, and eventually the body will get rid of the dead tissues. Huge bruises are like this.

good luck

- Response by welloone, A Mr. Married Guy, Male, 66 or older, Retired

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...don't let wellone fool you.......he set a snare for that poor deer.........that big meany.

- Response by nameacarl, A Mr. Nice Guy, Male, Who Cares?, Oostende, Self-Employed

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depends on your definition of a long time. if its too long, it will die on its own, and you'll have a black dead digit on your hand or foot. and even it you start circulation once more, once its dead, there is reanimating it to life.

- Response by pizzatroll, A Mr. Nice Guy, Male, 46-55, Science / Engineering

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I think that would depend some what on the age of the digit owner

if heat is applyed frequently it will encourage the blood flow

in the digit and it would seem nessesary to protect the area for

a week or two for the best possible out come.



- Response by morningdust, A Creative, Female, 56-65, Self-Employed

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It seems to me that blood would resume normal circulation, or be a bit restricted as the capilaries and stuff may have diminished in size if the flesh had died. If that is the case, it will turn black and crust over, causing hemoraging as the part of the circulatory system present in the dead part breaks down. It would be a good thing to go to the emergency room if circulation was cut off from any part of your body for a significant amount of time.

- Response by anothergentleman, A Father Figure, Male, 26-28, Los Angeles, Technical

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AFTER 20 MINUTES IT DIES AFTER IT DIES IT WILL GET INFECTED TURN GREEN AND THEY WILL HAVE TO REMOVE IT AND THE INFECTED TISSUE UP TO THE HOLE HAND. SEE A DOCTOR ASAP

- Response by kjman, An Intellectual Guy, Male, 46-55, Construction

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