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Fournier Gangrene

Abstract

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NORD is very grateful to Rodolfo L. Bracho-Riquelme, MD, General and Colorectal Surgeon, Hospital General de Durango, Mexico, for assistance in the preparation of this report.

Synonyms of Fournier Gangrene

  • Fournier disease
  • Fournier gangrenes
  • necrotizing fasciitis of the perineum and genitalia
  • synergistic necrotizing fasciitis of the perineum and genitalia

Disorder Subdivisions

  • No subdivisions found.

General Discussion

Fournier gangrene is a serious, rapidly progressive infective gangrene involving the scrotum, penis, and/or perineum caused by a broad array of microorganisms, acting in mutual support of one another (synergistically) and usually resulting from 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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