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Gangrenous hand in infant female

A 4-month-old female infant’s gangrenous right hand, due to meningococcemia. This infection causes arterial occlusions, which in turn, cause ischemic insults to develop with ensuing gangrene of the affected body regions. (Courtesy of the Public Health Image Library, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.)

Associated Disorders

  • asplenia
  • deficiency of a terminal complement component (C5-9)
  • deficiency of properdin