Fournier Gangrene

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  • Fournier disease
  • necrotizing fasciitis of the perineum and genitalia
  • synergistic necrotizing fasciitis of the perineum and genitalia
  • gangrene, Fournier
  • Fournier's disease
  • Fourniers disease
  • Fournier's gangrene
  • Fourniers gangrene
  • gangrene, Fournier's

Disorder Subdivisions

  • None

General Discussion

Fournier gangrene is an acute necrotic infection of the scrotum; penis; or perineum. It is characterized by scrotum pain and redness with rapid progression to gangrene and sloughing of tissue. Fournier gangrene is usually secondary to perirectal or periurethral infections associated with local trauma, operative procedures, or urinary tract disease.

Since 1950, more than 1,800 cases for study have been reported in English language medical literature. This disease occurs worldwide and, although it is recognized more frequently among male adults, has been identified also among women and children. Treatment usually consists of the surgical removal (debridement) of extensive areas of dead tissue (necrosis, necrotic) and the administration of broad-spectrum intravenous antibiotics. Surgical reconstruction may follow where necessary.


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Last Updated:  9/11/2014
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